Peter Ripmaster Wins Iditarod

Peter Ripmaster nearly died attempting the Iditarod Footrace two years ago. He fell through ice, yet somehow climbed out and ran four miles, hypothermic and frozen, to rescue himself. He had every excuse never to return to Alaska. But in 2018, Ripmaster ran the Iditarod again—and won it. We talked with the Asheville runner a…

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french broad river cleanup

On the surface Asheville Greenworks is a environmental nonprofit located in Western North Carolina that works to inspire, equip and mobilize local communities to care for the places they live in. But what most people do not know is that they operate with only seven paid employees and that these paid staff members plan and execute over 250 events each year with the help of over 3,400 volunteers.

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Lawsuit Against Forest Service

The Southern Environmental Law Center and partners filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service on March 15. SELC alleges that the Forest Service is “illegally endangering the soil, forests, and waters of the Cherokee National Forest and hiding those risks from the public.” SELC, on behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club,…

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All-Female Populations of Sea Turtle Hatchlings

There were zero male loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings found at test beaches on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, according to a study by Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, a biological sciences professor at Florida Atlantic University. The phenomenon is similar across other sea turtle species in the state as well. Leatherbacks and green sea turtles are also predominantly female.…

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Offshore Drilling Along the Eastern Seaboard

In January Secretary Ryan Zinke of the United States Department of Interior announced a proposal that would open over 90 percent of Outer Continental Shelf for offshore drilling. The proposal is part of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department…

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“It’s a really intense feeling to only have one inch of nylon webbing between you and hundreds of feet. You can feel the exposure, all the empty air that surrounds you, and t’s like no other experience.” Asheville, NC native, Shane Keeran, eats, sleeps and breaths, slacklining–an outdoor sport that involves balancing on a one…

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Chris Beam, the new president of Appalachian Power, plans to move towards renewable energy in hopes to attract large businesses to West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee. Top tech companies such as Amazon and Google are on the lookout for new locations for data and distribution centers, and both of these companies require 100 percent clean…

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Chattanooga’s renowned climbing scene just got even better. A new 685-acre plot of land called Denny Cove, which features more than 150 climbing routes, has been added to the South Cumberland State Park. Last summer, The Land Trust for Tennessee purchased the property from a commercial timber company with help from partners such as the Southeastern…

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