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Can EVs Help Power a Cleaner & More Flexible Grid?

By Sarah Lozanova

Duke Energy recently announced that it wants to use EV batteries from Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks (F-150s) to help power the grid by utilizing “vehicle-to-grid” technology. This pilot program in North Carolina will partner with people leasing F-150s. It will gather data for possibly creating a permanent program.


Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis Photo: AP

New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.


‘They are not slowing down’: The rise of billion-dollar disasters

Brady Dennis Photo: Jesse Barber

One battered N.C. community illustrates how summer, fueled in part by climate change, is proving an especially perilous and costly season.


The quest to keep carbon in North Carolina’s wetlands

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

George Washington himself aspired to drain this sprawling wetland that straddles the border of North Carolina and Virginia — one in a long line of investors eager to carve out farmland, harvest stands of Atlantic white cedar and make something useful out of what many once saw as a “miserable morass” of swamp.


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.


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

By Brady Dennis Photo: Carolyn Von Houten

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.