Environment (page 111)

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    Meet the kudzu bug

    The latest invasive species to trouble North Carolina is something called the kudzu bug. The Raleigh News & Observer describes the issues with the insect’s rapid spread: Which might be fine if the ladybug-sized critters didn’t exude a stinking, caustic substance that can raise welts on humans. And…
    Michael Lowrey, May 29, 2012
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    Disease-spreading invasive species of the moment

    Ticks. Many different types of ticks. As in the Gulf Coast tick, the Lone Star tick, and the Ixodes Affinis tick, all three of which are now showing up in North Carolina. The Associated Press provides the details.
    Michael Lowrey, May 29, 2012
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    Tasty invasive species of the moment

    Our new ‘friend’ Asian tiger shrimp again. As the Raleigh New & Observer writes: Grab a fork and some cocktail sauce. A LOT of cocktail sauce. North Carolina waters may be on the brink of a population explosion of an invasive species that is troubling, tasty and titanic. Well,…
    Michael Lowrey, May 26, 2012
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    Say no to corporate welfare going nuclear

    My newsletter this week asks the following: It’s bad enough to raise the price of electricity on the poor for the highly dubious benefit of necessary cronyism for green energy. What do you call raising the price of electricity on the poor for nothing?…
    Jon Sanders, May 24, 2012
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    Fracking facts and fears

    When the June issue of Commentary hits the newsstands and the Web, you’ll have a chance to read Abby W. Schachter’s 5 1/2-page feature on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — for natural gas trapped in shale. Titled “Energy Independence and Its Enemies,” Schachter’s…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2012
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    Would you devastate Appalachia to please the environmental lobby?

    Your president and his administration would, gleefully. He continues to wage war on the poorest among us over electricity generation. From a press release of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on the Obama administration’s rewrite of coal production regulation, which officials admit could have “catastrophic” and “atomic”…
    Jon Sanders, May 23, 2012
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    Invasive species of the moment

    Africanized bees, with the state’s ports being particularly vulnerable.
    Michael Lowrey, May 21, 2012
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    International fracking

    The latest TIME explores the likelihood of nations around the globe pursuing hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas in shale. Those who’ve not yet considered North Carolina’s potential benefits from fracking might want to check out Daniel Fine’s recent presentation to the John Locke…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2012