Environment

Look up! The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is happening through mid-August

By Kim Dinan | 05 Aug 19
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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is happening through mid-August Stargazers in the U.S. can sneak a peek of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower from now until mid-August. Considered a strong meteor shower, 15-20 meteors an hour can be observed during the shower’s peak times. The meteors are most visible in the hours before dawn, in…

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The Age of Eco-Anxiety

By Ryan Link | 05 Aug 19
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Parents and experts offer ways to stay positive and maintain hope in an age of climate uncertainty On the night of January 20, my son and I stood outside for two hours monitoring the Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse through his telescope. As we stared up at the stars and the moon, we had some deep…

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Don’t Let Them Silence You

By Will Harlan | 01 Aug 19
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A proposed Forest Service rule change will eliminate public comment and transparent scientific review from most forest decisions If you have hiked, biked, or explored the outdoors in Appalachia, it’s likely taken place in a national forest. National Forests in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic comprise over 14 million acres—ten times more than all the national…

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No Fracking Way

By Shannon McGowan | 25 Jul 19
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Union Hill residents fight environmental racism in location of pipeline compressor station In May of 1968, voices demanding economic justice and civil rights could be heard as they marched through Richmond for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic Poor People’s Campaign. 51 years later, “We  are one!” could be heard on that very same route across…

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“Whatever you do to the land will come back to you.”

By Shannon McGowan | 16 Jul 19
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New mini-documentary highlights the indigenous fight to protect ANWR. “If they open the refuge, I’m gone,” said filmmaker Dr. Len Necefer, a Navajo, to his boss at the Department of Energy after hearing that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Bears Ears National Monument were at risk of being opened for drilling. In late…

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Historic Land Controversies Re-emerge in Path of Pipeline

By Matt Dhillon | 10 Jul 19
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There’s a poem that keeps coming back to me. It’s one of those aphoristic poems that shows something so clearly it comes to embody a particular thought. That thought has been on my mind lately. The poem is Ozymandias by Percy Shelly and in it, the pharaoh’s wasted monument is discovered buried in the desert.…

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Rise of the Local Park

By Wally Smith | 25 Jun 19
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Blue Ridge Communities Look Inward for Access to the Outdoors When Lorenzo Rodriguez arrived in Big Stone Gap, Va. from California several years ago, he saw an opportunity. The community of 5,200 residents is surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest, and the Powell River flows right through downtown. “Coming from a big city, we would…

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E. coli in WNC waterways

By Kim Dinan | 25 Jun 19
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Water tests reveal staggering levels of E. coli in some WNC waterways Lab tests conducted last week of E. coli levels in waterways around Western North Carolina show extremely high levels of E. coli in creeks, lakes and rivers popular with swimmers, tubers and paddlers. E. coli is a bacteria that makes its way into…

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Outdoor Updates: The Chesapeake Bay dead zone could be the largest in decades

By Kim Dinan | 25 Jun 19
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The Chesapeake Bay dead zone could be the largest in decades Ecologists from the University of Maryland have predicted that the dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year could extend 2.1 cubic miles, making it one of the largest dead zones in 20 years. A dead zone is an area of water with little…

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The Big Cut

By Elizabeth McGowan | 24 Jun 19
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Trump’s New Timber Rule Threatens the Future of Our National Forests Be it salamander, newt, frog or toad, Asheville biologist J.J. Apodaca professes to be equally protective of all amphibians. Press him hard enough, however, and he reveals a soft spot for the green salamander. Over millennia, these ancient, lungless vertebrates have created an intricate…

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Bear Encounters: Black Bear Killed after people feed it and take selfies

By Kim Dinan | 21 Jun 19
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Camping on a portion of the Appalachian Trail has been closed due to bear encounters A 2.5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in the southern portion of Shenandoah National Park has been closed due to bear presence. The park’s superintended closed off-trail camping on June 12 on the portion of the trail extending from Riprap…

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Community Cleanup in Asheville, NC

By Cecilia Schnobrich | 13 Jun 19
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United By Blue Partners with Diamond Brand Outdoors for Cleanup and Warehouse Weekend United By Blue (UBB), the sustainable outdoor apparel brand that pledges to remove a pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold, announced today its plans for a warehouse sale and community cleanup weekend in Asheville, NC.…

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Dead Bears on the Highway

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Jun 19
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Bear collisions with vehicles are increasing, especially in places like Interstate 40 adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What can be done to keep the roads safe for motorists and wildlife? Although Interstate 40 runs 2,560 miles from the coast of North Carolina to California, a 28-mile stretch through the Smokies is the deadliest…

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You Are Being Poisoned

By Ellen Kanzinger | 10 Jun 19
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There are known carcinogens in your frying pan, dental floss, and favorite outdoor jacket. Documentary lead Bucky Bailey fights for his family’s health—and yours. The story of C8 and the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, W. Va. is a complicated one. It’s a story of lies and deceit, livelihoods and lives lost. It’s the story of…

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Increasing the Itch – Study Says Climate Change Brings More Poison Ivy with Greater Potency

By Jedd Ferris | 07 Jun 19
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This summer I realized there’s something out there in the world I hate more than cauliflower and rush hour traffic—poison ivy.

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