Category: Environment

Grain of salt for Biden’s climate resiliency plan

By David Pendered Oct. 16 – David Kyler suggests a grain of salt to go with the Biden administration’s new strategic plan to adapt to climate change. “We cannot allow adaptation to give the false promise that adaptation will save us,” said Kyler, the cofounder and director of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, on […]

Feds set the bar for phase-out of single-use plastics

By David Pendered Sept. 28 – Governments really do have the ability to phase out single-use plastics, the head of Environment Georgia said Thursday as the U.S. Interior Department announced its new final plans. “This announcement is proof positive that phasing out single-use plastics is possible,” said Jennette Gayer, Georgia state director of Environment Georgia, […]

200-plus ducks? ‘Creek Rising’ must be upon us

By David Pendered Sept. 5 – Even without the rubber ducks, the Sept. 14 party hosted by the South Fork Conservancy would be a special occasion. But this is the 16th Anniversary Creek Rising party and there will be ducks. More than 200 rubber ducks are to race down the South Fork of Peachtree Creek […]

Wind farm leases in Gulf of Mexico snubbed by market

By David Pendered Sept. 2 – The proposed wind farms on three sites in the Gulf of Mexico failed to attract much interest from bidders on Aug. 29, with only one of three lease areas receiving a bid. No bids were received on two sites totaling 199,266 acres off the coast of Galveston, Texas. One […]

Wind turbine plans advance as GAO announces impact study

By David Pendered ST. ANDREWS, Fl., Aug. 6 — In the Gulf of Mexico, the Biden administration is fast-tracking offshore wind lease sales even as a federal agency has announced its upcoming study of potential harm offshore wind turbines could cause to wildlife, people and military training missions along the Northeast coast. The federal Bureau […]

UN to adopt first treaty to protect biodiversity in high seas

By David Pendered June 4 – The United Nations remains on track to formally adopt this month an historic treaty to protect oceans around the world. The treaty represents the UN’s first-ever attempt to establish an international agreement to safeguard biodiversity in the high seas, the term for the unregulated sections of the world’s oceans […]

Historic American shad: Dams hamper rebound

By David Pendered BEAUFORT, N.C. – The downward spiral of the once-abundant American shad can be traced to an era of aggressive fishing techniques that arose after War of 1812, according to one of the latest programs at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. By the 1840s, competition for shad was so intense that fisher folks […]

EPA questions NY offshore wind farm

By David Pendered The EPA has cited a shortage of details in a draft federal statement regarding a planned wind farm off the New York coast as debate emerges over the use of the ocean to address climate change. Meantime, four agencies of the state of New York have issued their responses to the federal […]

Good for tortoises at Okefenokee, good for development

By David Pendered Jan. 25 – The end of potential federal protection for the gopher tortoise did not escape the attention of the company that wants to extract valuable minerals from land near the Okefenokee Swamp. Until Oct, 11, 2022 the gopher tortoise had been a candidate for listing as a federally protected endangered species. […]