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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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Island-Packet: Fasten seat belts, road saga is back

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

From the Island-Packet: As the South Carolina legislature reconvenes this week, watch your wallets. Top on many agendas will be raising the state gas tax. It sounds logical, but it’s a bad idea. It’s the easy way out to protect the good-old-boy system that has South Carolina’s roads riddled with potholes while new roads to nowhere are built for old-guard legislators. First, the so-called need for $1.5 billion a year for road construction needs to be proven….

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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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Rudolph the blue-eyed reindeer, warm Christmas, hot turtles, eroding beaches, transportation confusion.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Folks,   During this tranquil period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s worth reflecting on those things we have learned this year, along with those we are still confused about.   On the side of understanding, the Huffington Post reports that we now know why reindeer have blue eyes, (because the compression of tissues in the back of the eye increases low-light sensitivity), but also why…

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Supporters want to reopen the James Island Connector!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 2015: Charleston City Council’s Traffic and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the “engineering feasibility study” to reopen the James Island Connector. Well done, supporters! Council Chambers was full tonight, and the only people who spoke were in support of getting bikes back on the Connector! Nineteen speakers stood up and made excellent points, and the council members clearly heard us. At the time of the meeting, we had 977 petition signatures (the

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The Beach Company’s “ugly bookends,” Conservation made permanent, I-526 on its last legs, businesses against offshore oil, Saving oaks

Monday, December 21, 2015

Folks, This week’s news is generally about wrapping things up, which seems appropriate with only a few days left in 2015. First, some great news, concluding a decade of hard work. Our friends at The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance and a few other national conservation groups have spent years struggling to make the tax deduction for donated conservation easements permanent. On December 18th Congress approved the change. The majority of the South Carolina coast’s 1.2…

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Post & Courier: Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 15, 2015 Charleston County has less than four months to come up with a solid plan to cover the more than $300 million funding shortfall for the completion of Interstate 526. If it can’t do that, the $420 million in state money set aside for the project could be dispersed to other large projects throughout…

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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…

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