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He bought the house 9 months ago. Then the ocean swept it away.

By Brady Dennis

He and his sister purchased the four-bedroom waterfront home in August for $550,000. With its airy rooms, two levels of decks and stunning Atlantic views, Patricelli envisioned it as an ideal spot to welcome friends and family after two years of an isolating pandemic. After the season’s last renters departed, he and his relatives had planned to host a Thanksgiving gathering in the home.

05/13/22
                                                               

The swift march of climate change in North Carolina’s ‘ghost forests’

By Brady Dennis Photo: Carolyn Von Houten , The Washington Post

ALLIGATOR RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.C. — As the first light of day flickers across the Croatan Sound, Scott Lanier surveys the gray, barren tree trunks that stand in every direction, like massive gravestones marking the once-vibrant landscape.

05/12/22
                                                               

North Carolina beach homes collapse from lumbering coastal storm

By Jason Samenow & Brady Dennis

The two homes along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe collapsed after days of battering from a coastal storm, the National Park Service confirmed — the same storm that unleashed tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as flooding in the Mid-South and Mid-Atlantic in recent days. The storm is set to reverse course and move inland over the Southeast and dissipate this weekend, but it will continue to batter the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts for another day.

05/11/22
                                                               

North Carolina Hurricanes Linked to Increases in Gastrointestinal Illnesses in Marginalized Communities

By Leah Campbell Photo: Joe Raedle , Getty Images

North Carolina emergency rooms reported hundreds of visits for gastrointestinal illnesses like diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain in the weeks during and after Hurricanes Florence, in 2018, and Matthew, in 2016. A new study released last month in the journal Science of the Total Environment found an 11 percent increase in ER visits during both storms, with the greatest surge among older, Black and Native American patients.

03/07/22
                                                               

North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

By Emma Penrod

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, D, issued an executive order on Friday that outlines the state’s next steps toward its goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030, and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

01/10/22
                                                               

Solar and green groups buy into Duke’s net-metering plan in North Carolina

By Jeff St. John

Duke Energy customers in North Carolina are poised to get a revamped net-metering regime for new home solar systems — one that would closely tie the value of rooftop solar power to how much households can shift their energy generation and consumption to times that are most opportune for the grid.

12/02/21
                                                               

NC’s salt marshes hold 64 million tons of carbon dioxide. What happens if they die?

By Adam Wagner Photo: Travis Long

On a recent weekend, a family went fishing feet away from a salt marsh in the northwest corner of Carolina Beach State Park, about 20 minutes south of downtown Wilmington.

10/25/21
                                                               

North Carolina Strikes a Climate Deal That Eludes Washington

By Leslie Kaufman Photo: Mark Wilson

North Carolina’s body politic is cleaved in two: Democrats hold the governorship and Republicans a large majority of both legislative houses. Yet last week, lawmakers mandated that the power sector make a deep cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

10/20/21
                                                               
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Climate change: North Carolina gov signs major energy law

By Gary D. Robertson Photo: AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina signed a milestone energy bill into law Wednesday that aims to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s power plants by 2030, celebrating the legislative accomplishment with Republican lawmakers.

10/14/21
                                                               

Gov. Roy Cooper signs compromise energy bill. Here’s what that means for you

By Adam Wagner

Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 951 on Wednesday, turning a compromise on North Carolina’s energy future between his office and legislative Republicans into law.

10/13/21