Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

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While on our beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in early April I took full advantage of our location just off the beach.

North Carolina is becoming a banana republic

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North Carolina is not a banana republic,” Democratic Sen.

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Birding and Butterflying North Carolina Gamelands

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Still, we are in the midst of spring migration here in North Carolina, and I wasn’t going to let a little cold stop me from seeing some birds. Exploring North Carolina gamelands. Trips butterflies migration North Carolina prairie warbler I don’t know if you have ever tried to bird with a cold, but it’s not easy. All your senses are dulled, which makes finding one of those fast-flitting warblers or other songbirds especially difficult.

What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

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Perhaps it was their flashy color or the males’ tall crest that attracted the legislature to the bird, because in 1943 the Northern Cardinal became the official state bird of North Carolina. In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. Birds cardinal North Carolina northern cardinal state bird

Birding from New York to North Carolina

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This year, traveling in April instead of February, we decided to do a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We broke the drive down into two segments: from New York to Delaware on 31 March and from Delaware to North Carolina on 1 April.

North Carolina Bans Plastic Bottles

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That is right starting today if you live in North Carolina, you are no longer aloud to throw that empty plastic bottle into your garbage can. From the garbage that is.

"Utility Cited for Violating Pollution Law in North Carolina"

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Forgive my lack of chronological consistency while I try to clean up my inbox: North Carolina regulators said Monday that five power plants owned by Duke Energy have been cited for violating water pollution laws, three days after announcing a similar action against Duke’s plant in Eden, N.C.,

North Carolina puts it head in the sand

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North Carolina has had to deal with shortfalls before, but rarely one of this type.   The Republican mantra in North Carolina has been that tax cuts that benefit mostly the wealthy and corporations will make the state more competitive. North Carolina is one of only seven states where revenues are growing slower than expected, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits"

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Justin Wolfers: Since North Carolina effectively eliminated unemployment benefits last year for people unemployed 20 weeks or more, the state has become a symbol in the partisan wars over economic policy. But digging into the data suggests North Carolina should really be a case study in people seeing what they want to see. North Carolina is more than a case study, too. As North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped from last July’s 8.1

The North Carolina unemployment insurance field experiment is over

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And preliminary results are in: last July, North Carolina sharply cut its unemployment program, reducing the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 20 from 73 and reducing the maximum weekly benefit as well. The rest of the country is now following North Carolina’s lead. It is still early, but the results in North Carolina suggest that there are both gains and losses from cutting back on support for the jobless.

More on sea-level rise politics in North Carolina

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From a 2012 N&O article about the "North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study": John Dorman of the N.C. The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study seeks to establish a comprehensive framework to directly translate the projected consequences into adaptation policy, with full realization of the potential long-term benefits.

Celebrating Solar Power in North Carolina

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With all the controversial climate and clean energy legislation in North Carolina in the past year, one might be surprised to hear that the state ranks fifth in the U.S. At one event on a recent Saturday, more than 30 people toured Ray's Family Farm in Louisburg, North Carolina.

A North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission Economic Committee (CRC-EC)

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I vote yes: In addition to a new nomination process, the CRC unanimously adopted a draft charge for the science panel. The panel is responsible for providing scientific reports and conducting scientific studies for the CRC.

Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

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The site of the Dan River spill in North Carolina. Sierra Club in North Carolina is responding to this coal ash spill with a coalition of groups. These coal ash sites in North Carolina and across the U.S. Photo by Appalachian Voices. See more photos here.

Top 10 Reasons to Ride in Western North Carolina


If you are looking, we have a suggestion for you: Asheville and Western North Carolina in the southeast United States. Why should you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and Asheville? You won’t go hungry after a ride in Western North Carolina.

2.4 magnitude earthquake near Boone, North Carolina, United States and Columbus, Ohio, United States : August 24, 2014 23:16

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USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM. Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM. No tsunami statement issued. Magnitude Type: md. USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist. Reports from the public: 17 people. via No one in my family believed me

The "beautiful North Carolina sun" is the most awesome sun in the world

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Ignoring the coal ash pond spill , two things struck me: North Carolina Gov. Both shows also spoke to the governor about the two winter storms that battered North Carolina over the past two weeks. McCrory pointed out the beautiful North Carolina sun was out and the weather was going to warm this week.

North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators | Mother Jones

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North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators. North Carolina is among the states that are already seeing effects from sea level rise. North Carolina Wishes Away Climate Change Lawmakers attempt to make accurate sea-level rise projection illegal.

Durham, North Carolina is getting its own Vegan Cookoff


North Carolina is looking more beautiful by the day. Now, North Carolina is making news again, as fifteen restaurants in Durham are facing off in the Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge.

No wonder I got the f@$% out of North Carolina

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What the @#$%, Ohio? You swear more than Illinois? More than New Jersey?  More than New freakin’ York?! That’s the finding of the Seattle-based Marchex Institute, and if you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t tell researchers where to stick it. They already think the Buckeye State has the tact of a drunken fool.

This is one of those times I am glad I left the University of North Carolina System (Sorry John)

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[East Carolina University*]'s chancellor, who is stepping down next summer, just got a 19% pay raise. The UNC Board of Governors gave Steve Ballard, and several other chancellors, pay raises in a controversial move on Friday. The board took the vote behind closed doors and only made the pay raises public today. Ballard's salary went from $322,560 to $385,000. That increase is retroactive to July 1st.

Kellie Pickler Says Vegetarians Are ‘Aliens’ in North Carolina


Read More The post Kellie Pickler Says Vegetarians Are ‘Aliens’ in North Carolina appeared first on Ecorazzi. American country music artist, Kellie Pickler, cooked up a vegetarian storm on ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” before her performance in Las Vegas later this week. Eats News Top News Vegetarian kellie pickler

Dang, I thought North Carolina was one of the top higher ed budget cutting states

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Mark Thoma: More. via I guess UNC system faculty that threaten to leave when they don't get raises, labs and travel don't have many places to go

North Carolina spending a lot to pave its last dirt roads - Local/State -

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Jim Martin, to improve and pave every state-maintained dirt and gravel road in North Carolina. They are working in the most rural and least populated spots, such as Mark Teague Road, and in hard-to-pave, mountainous terrain in the west, such as at Lower North Fork Road in Jackson County near the Tennessee border.

A Recreation Demand Model of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishery: A Comparison of Primary and Secondary Purpose Anglers

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Abstract:  In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. John C. Whitehead ,  Christopher F. Dumas ,  Craig E. Landry  and  Jim Herstine.

Gardens are helping North Carolina Cherokee build better, healthier families

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, now numbering about 15,000, has made its home in the North Carolina mountains for more than 11,000 years. And during that time, their tribal culture has centered on the Earth, especially agriculture. Cultivating plants to produce food has been a mainstay of Cherokee existence. Recently, along with the rest of society, the Cherokee people have suffered from the excesses of modern living.

Estimating the cost per job created or saved from the ARRA stimulus in North Carolina

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billion in federal stimulus money being spent in North Carolina. There are no precise numbers on how many jobs were created or preserved in North Carolina by the stimulus package. The state recovery office has tracked the effects of stimulus spending in North Carolina for the past two years. The stimulus office estimates 9,600 North Carolina jobs were saved and another 4,600 were created through such programs.

The North Carolina Republican Primary: No Matter Who Wins, We All Lose

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Not so much, in North Carolina. North Carolina is home to a Republican U.S. One local paper said “few places in the United States stand to be more transformed” by climate disruption than North Carolina.

My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are.

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Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Price volatility and excess capacity in oil markets | Main | Daily demand and supply » March 10, 2011 My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are regressive What do you think?

North Carolina: They Gave Us Extremism, We Gave them a Movement

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  During the longest legislative session in memory,  North Carolinians began demonstrating as our state’s General Assembly voted to reject federal Medicaid funding for those most in need. Thank you North Carolina legislature.

Bigfoot Found In North Carolina? Video To Prove It!


A North Carolina man, Thomas Byers, seems to think he spotted the hairy creature on a home video filmed in Rutherford County on Tuesday. Bigfoot, is that you?!

A Wind Farm For North Carolina

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With energy prices rising and increasing emphasis placed on finding renewable alternatives to the fossil fuels that power the multitudes of cars behind every garage door in America, the whispers of a wind farm coming to the Northeastern coast of North Carolina are being greeted with applause from landowners. That’s why locations like Pasquotank County and Perquimans County in North Carolina are becoming prime real estate for wind energy investors like Atlantic Wind LLC.

Fourth Grade Class in North Carolina Goes Solar

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Earlier this spring you may have read about a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina, that had its own Kickstarter campaign so they could make their classroom solar-powered.

North Carolina Now Home to One of US’ Greenest Hotels

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As the green hotel trend continues to spread around the globe, it is the aptly named Green Valley in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina that looks to be setting the pace for other eco-friendly city hotels.

For those in the northeast, I would suggest moving to North Carolina where sea level rises of this magnitude will soon be against the law.

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Sea levels on the East Coast are rising three to four times faster than the global average, putting several major U.S. cities at increased risk of flooding and storm surges, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The findings were published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Birding Lake Junaluska

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Lake Junaluska is surrounded by mountains, beautifully situated in scenic Western North Carolina, near the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trips Lake Junaluska North Carolina

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Apple’s North Carolina data center to soon get fuel cell installations


megawatt fuel cell farm in North Carolina will shortly witness the fuel cell installation close to the adjoining solar farm, which currently powers the center. Pratima Kalra: According to a filing, Apple’s 4.8

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Black Bears

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… Mammals Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge bears Black Bear North CarolinaThough I grew up where the Hudson Valley meets the Catskill Mountains, in the heart of Black Bear country, I can count my encounters with said bears on the fingers of one hand.

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Rarity Roundup Reflections

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This past weekend I headed out to eastern North Carolina with a group of friends to try our hand at a Rarity Roundup. In North Carolina, at least, the entire eastern part of the state is sparsely populated and under-birded, aside from the well-known an well-trod Outer Banks circuit, but even that popular vacation site is left mostly untouched aside from a few locals in November, which tends to be the peak period for vagrant finding in much of the east.

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On Seeking a Sage Thrasher in the Rain

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There’s a time, when you’ve been standing in the rain in the middle of a cow pasture in western North Carolina, amongst mud and cow dung and the unholy combination of the two, staring for the better part of an hour at an impossibly dense stand of brambles and shrub for a smallish streaky brown bird, that you begin to question your dedication to this birding thing. The North Carolina Sage Thrasher on a less challenging day. Birding North Carolina vagrants

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Southern US Tornado Storms Kill 45

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Crews searched for survivors today in North Carolina, the state which received the hardest hit by a storm system that created dozens of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Virginia. No less than 62 tornadoes hit North Carolina. of homes in North Carolina are mobile homes. Eco News north carolina tornado

America’s top 10 sweatiest cities

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California Charlotte Dallas District of Columbia Florida Houston Los Angeles Miami North America North Carolina Orlando Raleigh San Diego Tampa Texas The Americas United States 10 sweatiest cities in U.S. | Green Travel News | Making summer travel plans? No sweat, or should we say lots of it. A team of environmental scientists has ranked major American metropolitan areas on their “sweatiness.”

A Guide to Parking Lot Birds of the Southeast

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They are, after all, pervasive, but provided you get far enough east in North Carolina the salt air tends to disagree with all but the hardiest individuals of that unholy trilogy. Birds boat-taied grackle North Carolina

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