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North Carolinaâ€™s drought requires big picture thinking
For those of us living in communities with water restrictions, the current drought is a wakeup call. As with all droughts, thereâ€™s no telling for certain when it will end. But even after rains and full reservoirs return, a central lesson should stay with us: rapid growth in total demand for water has bought us to the point that, in a dry year, thereâ€™s not enough water to go around.
Refusing to Give Up
Legislation Seeks to Save Kids
By Rob Schofield
One of the most encouraging developments in the North Carolina public policy world this year has been the dramatic increase in attention paid to the issue of high school dropouts. After years of comparative neglect, state leaders (and, perhaps more importantly, many in the general public) seem finally to grasp the magnitude of the challenge that confronts the state. Without determined and concerted action, North Carolina policymakers will continue to allow thousands of young people to fall far short of their potential and place the state at an enormous competitive disadvantage (in terms of overall prosperity and quality of life) for decades to come.
Meeting the Water Needs of 21st Century North Carolina
By Grady McCallie, NC Conservation Network Recently, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted to approve transfers of water from the Catawba and Yadkin River basins to feed the growing towns of Concord and Kannapolis in the Rocky River watershed. Local governments, environmental advocates, and the State of South Carolina have threatened to […]
Our View: Is all offshore energy exploration dangerous? Itâ€™s time to find out.
Bright Side to Shutting Down Government