Category: Environment

  • Heat is Up, But Ozone’s Down

    RALEIGH — It's July, and the heat is high in North Carolina, even hotter than usual — yet elevated ozone levels usually associated with hot weather haven't materialized. “Our temperature is running quite a bit above normal,” said Gail Hartfield, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Raleigh. But as of…

  • Global Warming Threat Said Overblown

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers at the national, state and international level should avoid drastic measures to deal with global warming because of the huge economic costs for virtually no benefit, Dr. S. Fred Singer told a group of media and legislators Tuesday. The Kyoto Treaty calls for a 35 percent decrease…

  • Algae in Lakes Foul Drinking Water

    RALEIGH — Blue-green algae in Lakes Hickory and Rhodhiss are causing unpleasant taste and odor in public drinking water in Hickory, Longview, Lenoir, Valdese, and Granite Falls. Also affected are drinking water systems that purchase water from these municipalities, including the towns of Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Catawba, Hudson and Sawmills,…

  • Common Sense to Combat Scourge

    There's a noxious-weed infestation of Lake Gaston, and previous efforts to combat it haven’t worked. Now there’s a serious plan to use herbicides and a surprising but welcome lack of loud opposition.

  • Warming to the Commission Idea

    It's time to cast off all doubts about the wisdom of creating a North Carolina commission on climate change. The result is destined to be good for North Carolina and the nation.

  • Meteorologist: Put Global Warming in Context

    People worrying about global warming often base their conclusions on data that, in the context of time, are only a grain of sand on the beach. Anyone with a true understanding of climate history knows that the relatively small changes experienced over the last 100 years could easily be "natural."…

  • Village Ploy Stops Goldmine

    STANLY COUNTY — On June 26, 2003, Senate Bill 76 created the incorporated Village of Misenheimer. But the incorporation of 1.58 square miles and 739 residents is far removed from the typical incorporation” in both property rights issues, special interests, and history. Two primary players in the campaign to incorporate…