Commentary

  • Sam’s Field Notes: Sure Signs of Fall

    The little, yellow sulphur butterflies flitting about this time of year are sure signs that autumn is upon us. The fall equinox, marking the celestial start of fall, is Wednesday morning.

  • Coastal Review Gets Conservation Award

    The N.C. Wildlife Federation has named Coastal Review Online “Conservation Communicator of the Year,” an award to be presented Saturday at a banquet in Cary.

  • Guest Column: The State of Predators

    Sharks splashed across headlines this summer but not reported is that many shark species are near extinction and that could upset entire marine ecosystems.

  • Editor’s Desk: ‘Coastoons’ Come to CRO

    Our editor, Frank Tursi, introduces our website’s newest feature called “Coastoons” by Bob Eckstein, an award-winning cartoonist for the New Yorker, and previews our coming series of stories about offshore drilling and the N.C. coast.

  • Guest Column: Asleep at the Helm?

    Duke geologist Orrin Pilkey raises the question about the state and its coastal management program after a project at North Topsail Beach left tons of rock on the beach.

  • Guest Column: Buffer Bills Shortsighted

    Two bills in the state legislature that would eliminate or greatly reduce buffers along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers would place greater burdens on cities, towns and farmers to clean up the polluted rivers.

  • Guest Column: Ill Wind Blows From Raleigh

    A promoter of offshore wind energy argues that a request by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ban turbines within 25 miles of shore would kill any chance of developing wind farms off the N.C. coast.

  • Commentary: What Oil Money?

    Todd Miller thinks the odds are pretty long that the feds will share revenues from offshore drilling with North Carolina any time soon.

  • Sam’s Field Notes: Sea Foam

    Ever wonder what creates those tufts of sea foam on the beach? Naturalist Sam Bland investigates that answer, and saves a couple shorebirds while he’s at it.