• Thunberg Scolds Leaders for Inaction

    Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders Monday at a United Nations summit calling for climate action, saying people are suffering and dying from the effects of global warming and that all the leaders have are empty words. She said the science has been clear for 30 years, and still they are not doing enough. The 16-year-old warned the more than 60 presidents and prime ministers gathered in the General Assembly hall for the summit that the youth would not let them “get away with this.” Video: Voice of America

  • Hurricane Florence: A Year Later

    This video shot Sept. 27, 2018, by Onslow County Government shows the coastal county just weeks after Hurricane Florence struck last year. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the Category 1 storm’s arrival in Eastern North Carolina, where it lingered for three days and bringing in rainfall up to 42 inches. The storm damaged more than 11,000 homes and businesses in Onslow County, costing residents more than $515 million and leaving behind more than 800,000 cubic feet of debris, according to the county.

  • Dorian’s Swells Arrive Ahead of Storm

    Long-period waves, those with a greater than normal distance from crest to crest, race up the beach to the dune line Sunday at Fort Macon State Park just before high tide, days before slow-moving Hurricane Dorian is forecast to reach the N.C. coast.

  • Nags Head Sand Project Ends

    This time lapse video of beach nourishment is from around Aug. 10 near Mile Post 18.5, Nags Head. Beach renourishment sand pumping operations were completed Aug. 18 in the 8200 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road near Mile Post 17, the town announced Monday.

  • Outer Banks Bridges Work Update

    Work on two Outer Banks bridges is making progress, with more than 25% of the old Bonner Bridge demolished plus a third of the marine-based part of the project and the first decks have been installed and poured of the 2.4-mile “jug handle” bridge at Rodanthe.

  • Nags Head Beach Nourishment Continues

    This video posted Aug. 1 by Nags Head officials shows contractors preparing a pad for the submerged pipeline near near Mile Post 18 in the 8500 block of South Croatan Highway as part of the Outer Banks town’s 10 mile-long beach nourishment project that began May 1 and should wrap up by early September.

  • KDH Lifeguard Offers Ocean Safety Tips

    Dare County’s Current TV recently released this video public service announcement advising swimmers to “live like a local” by knowing ocean conditions and being wary of powerful waves breaking on and near shore when swimming. The video features Kill Devil Hills lifeguard and surf instructor Bri Young, who offers tips on the importance of respecting the ocean’s power.

  • KDH Dedicates Accessible Beach

    A grand opening ceremony was held recently to dedicate the William “Bill” Pitt Accessible Beach at the Ocean Bay Boulevard Beach Bathhouse in Kill Devil Hill. The first wheelchair-accessible beach access in the town, the project was named in memory of former Commissioner Bill Pitt to recognize his community involvement and devotion in Kill Devil Hills.

  • Nighttime on the Albemarle Peninsula

    ECU geologist Stanley Riggs and astronomer Brian Baker of the science education and literacy nonprofit A Time for Science are leading a study to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the Outer Albemarle Peninsula. The study is designed to map and characterize the visual landscape and sounds of the region.

  • Keep Pounding Day with Better Beaches

    Better Beaches OBX and Carolina Panthers volunteers worked together to plant 6,000 sea oats along about a mile of beachfront in southern Kitty Hawk as part of the inaugural Keep Pounding Day May 1, a Panthers community service initiative to make a positive difference in 25 communities in the across Carolinas.

  • Engineless Cargo Ship Calls at NC Port

    Marine cargo surveyor Charles Leeuwenburg recorded the crew of the 105-foot schooner Tres Hombres unloading bags of organic cocoa beans at the North Carolina Port of Morehead City. The vessel is a prototype for opening the market for sailing cargo, according to the Netherlands-based Fairtransport, “the world’s first modern ’emission free’ shipping company.”

  • New Hanover Compost Program Wins Award

    The Carolina Recycling Association recognized New Hanover County’s Environmental Management Department with the 2019 Annual Recycling Award for the food waste composting program during the organization’s annual conference in March. Since beginning the program in November 2017, the county has generated more than 80 tons of compost, which is used in parks and gardens and shared with area organic farmers.