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East Edisto: A landmark victory

Friday, February 26, 2016

Yesterday was a monumental day for land conservation in South Carolina. After planning and negotiating for nearly a decade, a major corporation, conservationists, business leaders, government officials, and members of the community came to an agreement that will conserve a swath of land nearly twice the size of Mount Pleasant — forever. The so-called East Edisto property, owned by WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco), is 72,000 acres and 19 miles long — running from Hollywood…

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S.C. Food Policy Council Annual Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2016

Today at the Farmers Market in West Columbia, the South Carolina Food Policy Council met to discuss pressing regulatory and policy issues facing food producers in South Carolina. Our vision is that farmers at every scale will have access to the coast’s burgeoning urban markets, satisfying the growing demand for local vegetables and meat, strengthening struggling rural communities, and stabilizing rural land use, and sponsoring today’s conference is part of getting there.

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SC greens disappointed in Supreme Court carbon ruling

Friday, February 19, 2016 coalpic, WatereeStation

From The State: Green groups in South Carolina expressed disappointment Tuesday night in a Supreme Court decision to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” Those include S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, who has…

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Why conservative South Carolina could actually be a sign of the future of U.S. energy

Friday, February 19, 2016 solar-wind-high-res-1150x400

From the Washington Post: Coastal South Carolina has long been recognized by locals and tourists alike for its warm waters, dazzling natural landscapes and prime seafood cuisine. But lately, communities up and down the shoreline have been making a name for themselves in another way: They’re leading the historically conservative state in a shift toward support for alternative energy and away from fossil fuel energy development. In the past year, the waters off the coast of…

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Land, water and air. Smart plants, dumb developers. Kiawah fallout. Boondoggle costs.

Sunday, February 7, 2016 plastic-bags-ocean1

Folks, We live in three physical media (air, water and land), and each was in the news (media) this week. The first article (on land), from CNN, provides a wonderful retrospective on “America’s Best Idea,” the National Park System, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year. It is fascinating to learn, for example, that Yellowstone was established as a national park not because anyone was particularly wild about the idea of federal parks,…

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Plastic from China. Corn subsidies for Iowa. Coastal wind. A new park. A road build on sand. A road surprise.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Folks, The Post and Courier’s Bo Petersen follows up on last week’s news about plastic microfibers in Charleston Harbor with an article this week on the worldwide plague of plastic pollution.  According to researchers in the U.K. and with the World Economic Forum, in 30 years there will be more tons of plastics in the ocean than there are tons of fish.   It may seem obvious to…

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Trouble for the ocean, too few right whales, too many cruise ships, congestion solutions and water in a leaking bucket.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Folks, Last year’s warm weather was, literally, unprecedented. But the temperature increase we experienced on land was the tip of the (melting) iceberg compared to the changes occurring offshore. This article from the Washington Post reveals that 90 to 95% of the heat from our warming planet is going into the oceans. While this makes terrestrial life more bearable, the impacts on ocean life are both troubling, based on what we know, and…

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Hot times, rising waters, cool tire companies, winds of change, Congressional success, the beautiful Black.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Folks, Let’s start by agreeing that it was awfully warm last year.  In fact, the Washington Post reports that 2015 was the second warmest on record in the US (since record keeping began in 1880) and that it will almost certainly rank as the warmest year worldwide. The Post includes some excellent graphs revealing, among other things, that 29 states, including South Carolina, experienced the hottest December ever. (As a result, this…

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The First Day of Session

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tomorrow, the Second Session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly will convene at the State House in Columbia. The decisions your elected leaders will make over the next six months will affect how we protect our natural landscapes, our abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life here on the coast, and across South Carolina.   This is what Coastal Conservation League will be advocating for at the State House…

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Same as it ever was, a transportation vision takes flight, with a reality check.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

As we plunge into 2016 with resolutions about exercising more, eating less (and locally, GrowFood Carolina hopes), and spending wisely, it’s worth considering David Byrne’s percipient lyric, “Same as it ever was.” In that vein, the Legislature will convene next Tuesday. The biggest financial issue they will debate in 2016 is whether to raise the gas tax, just as they did last year, and the year before that. Cindi Scoppe, with The State,…

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