Environment

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rising Sea Levels

Taken on a beach in Australia. One prediction of where rising sea levels will end up. Some scientists say our predictions are far too conservative.
Credit Flickr/go_greener_oz

Sea levels all over the east coast are rising. There is generally no dispute about that. But there is much debate about how high our Atlantic sea levels will rise, how fast it will happen and what affect it will have on our coast and the eastern seaboard. We begin a series exploring the biggest geological and geopolitical topics in current times. First up, Dr. Rob Young, an expert on sea levels who says that current predictions could be far short of potential rising seas. We meet Dr. Young and learn more about rising sea levels when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Native American Trail Trees (Rebroadcast)

Don Wells documents a trail tree - special marker trees that were used as guideposts for Native American Trail systems.

It has been hundreds of years since the intersection of Trade and Tryon was a place where two Native American trading paths crossed but signs of that ancient network of tribal travel and culture are all around us. Right now, two men, among others, are in the midst of mapping the main travel routes of the Cherokees and other tribes as well as the guideposts they used. Many of the guideposts are trees and we'll learn about efforts to preserve them.

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Local News
9:32 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Several Hundred Trees Cleared Since Billboard Law's Passage

A billboard sits in front of trees on a highway in Asheville, North Carolina. There are a little over 8,000 billboards in the state.
Zen Sutherland/Flickr

A new North Carolina law that allows the state to override local tree-protection ordinances has resulted in the loss of several hundred trees that covered at least 50 acres near billboards in Charlotte, according to the city's arborist. 

How the legislation is implemented is still being determined by the state Department of Transportation. The process involves a public comment period that ends Friday.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Air

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World by William Bryant Logan

Air is all around us, and we breathe 30,000 times a day. We depend on air for life itself, but how much do we know about it? Author William Bryant Logan has asked, and attempted to answer many questions about air that we might never have thought to consider. He’s put them into his new book, Air: The Restless Shaper of the World. He’ll join us to talk about the many ways we interact with air, and the many forms that air takes.

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