greenhouse gases

Photo of protesters known as the Raging Grannies. They are dressed in colorful hats and aprons with protest buttons. They are demonstrating against Enviva's wood pellet industry.

Demonstrators gather outside Enviva’s Raleigh office to protest wood pellet industry

BY: - May 18, 2023

Crowned with colorful hats, their aprons studded with protest buttons, a half dozen members of the Raging Grannies charmed their way past security — “we’re just going to our cars” — and took an elevator to Suite 1020 of the Bank of America building in midtown Raleigh. They assembled outside the glass doors of the […]

One-word change in Farm Act could increase greenhouse gas emissions from hog farms

BY: - April 10, 2023

A one-word change in the Farm Act could allow hog farmers to capture methane from their waste lagoons, but choose not to use the gas for energy. Instead, the farmer could merely send the potent greenhouse gas through a flare and into the air. Current law allows for methane to be collected from the farms […]

Monday numbers: We can’t drive our way out of climate change

BY: - March 6, 2023

A half dozen modular homes are crammed in the elbow of the offramp from I-785 to US 70 on the fringes of Greensboro. In east Durham, a largely Black neighborhood is wedged in a chute of air pollution between the railroad tracks and NC 147.

Sampson County site ranks No. 2 among U.S landfills for methane emissions. Rotting food is part of the problem.

BY: - January 25, 2023

Twenty-five million tons of garbage is rotting in the Sampson County landfill: disposable diapers from Durham, moldy leftovers from refrigerators in Wake, face masks and old toothbrushes from Brunswick.   Over time the detritus of our lives, particularly food waste, breaks down in the landfill and emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that ranks only second to carbon dioxide in driving human-caused climate change.


Proposed changes would allow Enviva wood pellet plant to emit 238,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

BY: - August 15, 2022

As climate change pushed July temperatures in the U.S. to the third-hottest on record, a wood pellet plant in Hertford County is proposing to increase its greenhouse gas emissions by 47% over 2016 levels. Enviva’s wood pellet plant in Ahoskie could emit nearly 238,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, according to the company’s […]

While U.S. Supreme Court weighs EPA’s authority to limit greenhouse gases, a new climate change report predicts a catastrophic future — and a grim present

BY: - February 28, 2022

The report is 3,600 pages, but its message is concise — and grim: Drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions now or face the collapse of ecosystems and even human societies. And not in the future, but now. Climate change is threatening the world’s food systems, including those in North America, afflicting crops, livestock and fisheries, […]

Mark Meadows – climate policy champion?

BY: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, suggested this week that he might be willing to support climate change legislation. During a House oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Meadows accused former Secretary of State and onetime Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry for […]

Cooper signs order to combat climate change, commits to clean energy economy for NC

BY: - October 29, 2018

With historic storms lashing the state, Governor Roy Cooper says North Carolina must do more combat climate change and take steps that will lessen the impact of future natural disasters. Cooper took the first step Monday in signing an executive order that calls on the State of North Carolina to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to […]

Clean Air Carolina, SELC sue Trump administration over rollback of pollution standards

BY: - August 1, 2017

Four environmental groups, including two from North Carolina, are suing the Federal Highway Administration over its sudden suspension of key greenhouse gas rules. Those rules would have required states to track and reduce pollution from cars and trucks — a major source of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Clean Air Carolina, based in […]

Sad! Leaked Trump budget shows huge cuts to coastal protection, farm programs and renewable energy

BY: - May 22, 2017

Republican Lieutenant Gov. Dan Forest, in a speech to Duplin County farmers last fall, proclaimed that “Donald Trump knows agriculture.” That statement seemed to puzzle even the conservative crowd, considering Trump is from New York City and likely wouldn’t know a hay baler from a manure spreader. The president’s proposed budget, due out tomorrow but leaked in […]