One grand tree, houses on sand redux, sun power, a climate agreement, offshore oil, 3 inspiring people.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Folks, This week definitely ended with a bang. On Friday we heard that SCDOT Commission Chair Jim Rozier had directed the Department to cut down a grand live oak tree along River Road on Johns Island… on Monday. CCL’s Natalie Olson called Jim to discuss alternatives, but to no avail. As this Post and Courier editorial entitled “Save River Road Grand Tree” reports, Rozier “variously” justified the project by safety, the poor health…


Holding back the ocean, protecting the ocean, cities without cars, road improvements without tax increases, Native Americans honor a South Carolinian’s work.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Folks, Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach… Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports that an administrative law judge has lifted the “stay” on construction of the latest version of a sea wall on Captain Sams spit. As a recap, the Conservation League, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, prevailed before the S.C. Supreme Court in our opposition to a gigantic, 3/4 mile…


The beauty of plankton, transportation priorities explained, Cole Porter on climate change.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Folks, Sunday’s Post and Courier includes a delightful interview about a beautifully obscure but profoundly important subject: plankton. McClellanville author Billy Baldwin talks to molecular biologist and McClellanville native, Raphael Rosengarten (son of Ted and Dale Rosengarten), about Raphael’s new book, Plankton: Wonders of a Drifting World. Plankton is nothing less than the foundation of life on earth. It is also essentially invisible to humans and therefore completely unappreciated. Rosengarten’s book, which he coedited…

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The Root of the Problem

Monday, October 26, 2015

Folks, This article, by Cassie Cope with The State, provides the best explanation to date about why South Carolina’s roads have declined year after year, and what needs to be done to reverse that trajectory. Excerpt: The traffic on Pamplico Highway was so light on a Tuesday in August that two conservation activists could lie down in the middle of the two-lane highway during rush hour for about a minute before…


From drought to flood, planning for sea level rise, but not with I-526, GrowFood rising.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Folks, It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago most of the state was suffering from a drought, and that farmers were worried about produce withering in the fields. Now, after three days of historically unprecedented rain, (biblical, even), the fields are lakes and much of the fall crop will probably be lost. This article by Tim Smith with the Greenville News reports on the extent of the damage, which Hugh Weathers, S.C.’s Secretary…


Turtles and plastic, oil, motivated avoidance (again), and mayoral videos.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Folks, As Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports, the South Carolina Aquarium released four sea turtles last week after their successful recoveries in the Aquarium’s turtle hospital. One, by the name of Midway, had a prodigious amount of plastic in her stomach and would have died without intervention. I’m not sure how Midway, the turtle, got her name, but it is worth noting that the stomachs of 98% of the Laysan and…


Swamp canaries, swamped roads, better entrances, baby fish and baby gorillas

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Folks, Last week’s turbulent weather, with more than six inches of rainfall in one day, followed by days of violent lightening storms, makes the story of Long Shot seem even more miraculous. Long Shot, as Bo Petersen reports in the Post and Courier, is not a space capsule, or even Charleston’s acclaimed long distance swimmer, Kathleen Wilson, (who is swimming 24 miles from Trinidad to Tobago, as I write this post). Long Shot is…


Orchids, bicycles and Treemageddon on the Coffin Corridor.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Folks, This is a great time to explore the longleaf pine forests of the Lowcountry. Orange-fringed orchids, hooded pitcher plants, Marshallia grandifolia and other fall wildflowers are blooming. Mosquitos are taking a break. Birds are beginning to migrate. The temperature is delightful. Things couldn’t be more perfect. The best place to admire these native forests — among the most biologically diverse and the most threatened in North America — is the Francis Marion National Forest.

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Don’t Let Santee Cooper Block Solar!

Monday, August 24, 2015

As other South Carolina utilities are improving customer access to our abundant solar resource, Santee Cooper has proposed adoption of punitive rates for customers that want to produce some of their own power. If adopted, the proposal would represent one of the most aggressive anti-solar policies in the country and run counter to the pro-solar policies offered by SCE&G, Duke Energy, and most of the SC electric cooperatives. Take a moment to submit…


Bridging the Ashley

Monday, August 24, 2015

“Ill-advised and absolutely stupid.” That is one of the comments from someone posting about the conversion of one lane on the Ashley River Bridge for the use of pedestrians and people on bikes. My first reaction upon reading it was to wince, and then I instinctively touched the heart-shaped scar on my knuckle. I’ve been commuting over the sidewalk of the westbound Ashley River Bridge for practically a decade now. I’ve…

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