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Losing Steve Gates. Offshore threats. Onshore threats. Cities without residents. Testosterone overload. Hilton Head steps up for the ocean. Advocates for Crab Bank.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Folks, Last week the Lowcountry lost one of its greatest citizens and guardians.  Steve Gates died Friday at his home on Wadmalaw Island.  In a comparatively brief time in our community, he left an unparalleled legacy of generosity and service.  I’m proud to say that Steve was a friend, but even more grateful that he decided to spend a good portion of his life in Charleston and the Lowcountry. When Steve arrived nearly two decades ago,…

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Westvaco’s last harvest. The nuclear option. Gracious criticism. Accelerating sea level rise. Improving growth on Lady’s Island. Transportation and energy. I-73 “bunk.” Wetlands and states. Protecting communities from flooding.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Folks, What a dramatic weekend it was – beautiful shifting clouds, stultifying heat and humidity interrupted unexpectedly by micro-bursts of cool air from threatening, but unrealized, thunderstorms.  Although I occasionally envy our friends who annually migrate north, (human and otherwise), Lowcountry summers are incomparable and not to be missed. Summers and winters on the coast will forever be better because of the efforts of Ken Seeger. As this article from the Post and Courier reports, Ken just retired…

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Courtesy lessons from France. The demise of coal. The rise of solar. To nuke or not? That is the question. A tax we can live with. A highway we can’t. Only connect. Historical cats.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Folks, It may be the lingering serenity of a great trip to France, but there seems to have been an abundance of good, or at least cautiously encouraging, news over the past two weeks.  First, some impressions of our delightful, but all too limited, French experience. France is not a small country.  It’s about the size of Texas.  But it doesn’t seem to suffer from the American affliction of bigness.  The roads are small, except for…

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I was in Paris (for 3 hours), so I’m writing about Paris. Great Scott! Please help the environment! The messy business of climate change. Hope for John’s Island mobility. Crab Bank on life support. Ten rivers that pollute the ocean. Eat for GrowFood!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Folks, I received a lot of compliments on last week’s email condemning America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.  But my comments also spawned more complaints than usual.  I’ll boil them down to three points:  1) I should have reported that, unlike Syria, Nicaragua refused to sign the accord because it failed to include binding emission reduction targets. (Actually, I don’t know why Syria didn’t sign.  It could be that the country has its unclean…

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Trump the transformer. Political pandering. Republicans, conservatives and… something else. Big sugar’s sweet tooth. Cities, and states, and local food, to the rescue. The meaning of Trump.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Paree will still be laughing after every one of us disappears. But never once forget, her laughter is the laughter that hides the tears. And until you’ve lived a lot, and loved lot, and lost a lot, You don’t know Paree, you don’t know Paree. -Cole Porter Folks, The news this week was all about Paris.  Sadly, however, the world’s attention was not focused on the shimmering city of light, (the epithet refers to Paris’ intellectual leadership during the Enlightenment),…

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Statement on Trump Administration Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Press Statement For Immediate Release Eddy Moore – eddym@scccl.org – (843) 725-2061 Alan Hancock – alanh@scccl.org – (843) 781-6144 CHARLESTON, SC – In response to this afternoon’s announcement from the President that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate, Coastal Conservation League Energy and Climate Director Eddy Moore issued the following statement: Our…

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Not putting all our eggs in one basket. Esther Williams’ fireflies. Solar energy for conservatives. And climate change. Google “underground rivers.” The planning ruse. Show me the money. The bomb plant.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Folks, There was good news and bad news for nature (and humans) this week, and a few open-ended items. First, the open-ended. One of our board members emailed me two photographs of eggs washed up on the beach at Sullivan’s Island.  He wondered what bird they belonged to and where they came from.  Incisive analysis led me to conclude that they were pelican eggs (because they were three inches long and no other nesting seabird produces…

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Too much stuff. Water fall(out). CARTA (short)fall. Hands against drilling. Senator for drilling. Saving New York.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Folks, This week’s news summary features articles about stuff, and how we, as a society, are dealing with it. In the first article from the Post and Courier, Bo Petersen reports on the imminent (May 27) opening of the South Carolina Aquarium’s turtle rehabilitation hospital, the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center. P&C: South Carolina Aquarium to open $5.3 million sea turtle clinic on Memorial Day Bo explains that sea turtle rehab has evolved from a…

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A dolphin met Mark Sanford

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It started with a song. Alice Morrisey moved to Sullivan’s Island in 1981, when she says the town was simply populated by retirees and aging hippies. A multi-family development project was proposed for the island, and Alice attended a public meeting with neighbors to watch others voice their opposition. Spontaneously, she stood up. “I didn’t have anything to say, but I started singing ‘they paved…

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I missed last week so this post is longer. (Sorry!) But it has great things in it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Folks, This week we witnessed the next chapter in Google’s effort to withdraw 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from the Middendorf aquifer, one of the coast’s deep, ancient and threatened aquatic repositories.  The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control approved a water plan, (despite assurances that they would entertain further discussion before proceeding), and thus set the stage for action on Google’s pending permit. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks (and the Conservation League) have opposed…

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