Environment

Local News
9:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Species Move To Mecklenburg

Credit JK Killia (left) Jim deVries (right) / 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report Card
Credit CharMeck.org

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

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Environment
12:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

PCB Worries Put SC Sludge Fertilizer On Hold

An illustration of the wastewater treatment process in Charlotte.
Credit Betsy Hill/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department

There's a lot of sludge in South Carolina that's destined for landfills. That's because the sludge produced from some wastewater treatment plants has tested positive for PCBs.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Peter Byck On Sustainability Beyond 'Carbon Nation'

Peter Byck

When we first met Carbon Nation director Peter Byck last year, we learned about his cross country journey to meet people who were trying to reduce their carbon footprint whether they believed in global warming or not. He'll join us again on the next Charlotte Talks to talk about why getting the message out about climate change is still such a challenge and about initiatives being made by companies around the country (some that might come as a surprise to you!) to change the way we think about energy and the environment.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Duke's Most Efficient Plant Not Efficient Enough For EPA Rule

An infographic of the Edwardsport plant's coal gasification process. Duke calls the Edwardsport plant one of the most efficient in the world, but it still emits carbon at a level that exceeds the new EPA rule.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana is a “coal gasification” plant, meaning the coal gets turned into a gas and some of the pollutants get filtered out, before moving into the turbine.  Company spokesman Chad Eaton says it is the most efficient coal plant in the country, since opening this summer. But, even it would surpass the limit the EPA announced today on the amount of emissions new coal power plants will be able to release.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Stand Up That Mountain

Jay Leutze was living a quiet life in the Appalachian mountains when he began hearing chain saws and trees falling on the other side of the valley. Jay discovered that a local business man, Paul Brown, was planning to create a massive surface gravel mine on Bellevue Mountain. The facility would blast and crush stone 24 hours a day. A permit had been issued without a single public hearing, a necessary procedural requirement. But Leutze wasn’t sure anything could be done, until he got a call from his 14 year old neighbor. That phone call led him down a five year journey to justice, trying to save the mountain and preserve the landscape for future generations. A conversation about saving a mountain, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
10:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Old Salem And Mountains To Sea Trail (Rebroadcast)

Part One: Old Salem. Just as our country was being forged in the halls of the Continental Congress and birthed in the Revolutionary war, a group of hardy Moravian immigrants was building a settlement in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The town of Salem sprang up and still remains just outside of Winston-Salem. Today it is a living museum, a window into some of the earliest founders of our state. We'’ll visit with the President of Old Salem Inc., a company devoted to the settlement and to educating North Carolinians and other visitors on life in colonial North Carolina. Follow us back in time when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Optimal Energy Investments

The world’s thirst for more energy has led us down the path to climate change. Some politicians have said that alternatives to fossil fuels may help us reverse that, but the problem is that alternative forms of energy aren't ready on the scale we need. And recently scientists at UNC Charlotte came to an even more alarming conclusion, that the problem is unsolvable. Two of the people working on that project talk about their troubling conclusion, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Climate Convergence

We have discussed climate change many times on Charlotte Talks but there is a new science emerging in the study of our changing climate. Social scientists are being called upon more and more to study climate's effect on human culture. Entire societies are changing their traditions, the media is covering the issue differently and lawmakers are shaping policy based on our perception to climate change. One local social scientist has discovered fascinating social changes among native Alaskans. He'll share how those changes could affect policy here in our own region. (Note: This show was pre-recorded last week.)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

'Do Your Part' With Terri Bennett (Rebroadcast)

Terri Bennett
Credit DoYourPart.com

Well-known former TV meteorologist Terri Bennett has traded the camera and studio for the betterment of the environment, with the founding of her company, called Do Your Part. She's the author of a book by the same name, and in it, gives practical tips that she says help "to remove the roadblocks that currently prevent many Americans from taking steps toward adopting more sustainable lifestyles."  She'll share her expertise with us, and will give us some tips on how to reduce our eco-footprint. (Originally Aired 9/13/2011)

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