Commentary

  • Building for Change vs. the Price of Inaction

    Informed choices by property owners saved one stoutly built Mexico Beach, Fla., house from Hurricane Michael’s devastation, but government’s response to climate change has been woefully inadequate.

  • Sam’s Field Notes: Hurricane Florence

    An Emerald Isle resident, our Sam Bland weathered Hurricane Florence, which brought destruction to the community but also brought out the best of those who call it home.

  • Op-Ed: Connecting Climate Change, Storms

    Environmental journalist Miles O’Brien has partnered with Clean Air Carolina to present a short film series Sept. 27 in Durham on the impact of climate change on North Carolina.

  • Florence Recovery: We’re Trying

    We’ve been unable to publish since Hurricane Florence made landfall but we’re back online for the first time since Thursday and doing our best to report on conditions on the North Carolina coast.

  • Study: Ocean Wilderness is Disappearing

    Columnist Jared Lloyd explains his concerns about the results of a recently published study on the health of the world’s oceans and its diminishing marine wilderness.

  • Marines: Last Days of a New River Village

    State historian David Cecelski writes about the visit of Greensboro photographer Charles A. Farrell to Marines in 1941, soon before the Onslow County village was displaced to make way for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

  • Analysis: A Cry for a Life Preserver

    Our founding editor Frank Tursi, who retired in 2016, shares his analysis and opinion regarding the recent Union of Concerned Scientists report on the effects rising seas could have on coastal communities.

  • Accidental Habitat or Nature’s Ghosts?

    Columnist Jared Lloyd explores whether alligators in the salt marsh are the result not of some fluke but rather a species returning to old haunts we didn’t know about — and the implications for wildlife management.

  • Sam’s Field Notes: Diamondback Terrapin

    It’s not a sea turtle but its home is aquatic and its future in peril. Our Sam Bland recently joined area wildlife researchers on a quest to document the diamondback terrapin’s abundance in coastal N.C. waters.