Monday, May 16, 2016
This was a big week for birds (especially small ones). Deborah Cramer, whose beautifully titled Pulitzer prize winner, “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey,” celebrates the courageous — even miraculous — life of the red knot, spoke at the Library Society on Wednesday to a standing room only crowd. Who would have guessed that there could be such enthusiasm for an obscure bird that appears in…
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Ashton and Nola, two talented sixth graders at Fort Johnson Middle School, created this PSA after researching the pros and cons of building on Captain Sams Spit. We think you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
With the presidential primaries in full swing, this week brought the usual fare of annoying, discouraging and alarming news. One could put David Slade’s coastal population growth article in the Post and Courier in the last category. All David needed to do was dust off the article he wrote last year and change the dates. (Being an excellent journalist, he didn’t.)
In 2015, the three fastest growing metro areas on the Atlantic Coast were…
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The long, dark night of offshore oil is over. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has withdrawn its proposal to allow drilling in the seabed along the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Right whales, bottlenose dolphin, grouper and marlin can celebrate, free from deafening seismic blasts. Pelicans, gannets and terns can fish safely in non-oiled waters. Krill and plankton — foundations of life in the ocean and…
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
You spoke up. They listened. And today we won!
A little more than a year ago, the Obama Administration shocked us all by announcing plans to allow oil and gas drilling off our coast — a direct threat to South Carolina’s tourism economy and quality of life.
Tens of thousands of citizens organized throughout the state to stop offshore drilling. Hundreds of coastal towns and cities passed resolutions declaring their opposition. Businesses and local leaders, Republicans…
Monday, March 7, 2016
Last week the good news was about the resurgence of monarch butterflies on their wintering grounds in Mexico. This week, it’s the lithe monarch’s antipode, the Florida manatee, as the Washington Post reports. Once threatened with extinction, the population of this peaceful, herbivorous resident of Florida’s freshwater springs, (and, increasingly, South Carolina’s coastal waters), has grown from several hundred in the 1970s to roughly 6,000 today. The manatee’s rebound is the direct…
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…
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.
Friday, February 19, 2016
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…
Friday, February 19, 2016
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…