Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy
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Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy

Does your blog seem a little sluggish?  Wishing you could ditch the coal-burning furnace keeping the internet connection blinking?  Worried that your blog’s carbon footprint is embarrassingly large considering it doesn’t even have feet?  My fellow blogger, you need some renewable energy, which means it’s probably time to call on Megan Schutt. Megan has been … Continue reading

You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing
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You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing

Even if you are interested in wind energy in North Carolina (this blogger), and even if you attempt to feign interest in local policy matters (again, this blogger), the news last week that our governor’s office has requested an extended buffer against offshore wind farms may have flown under your radar. The NC Department of … Continue reading

Should we let local politicking shape the conversation about offshore energy development?
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Should we let local politicking shape the conversation about offshore energy development?

One of the most effective arguments against offshore energy developments (of many types – not just offshore wind) is the negative impact to the local viewshed. In North Carolina in particular, the Outer Banks are dominated by land designated as ‘National Seashore,’ and therefore under much greater effective protection from any sort of development than … Continue reading

Cetaceans react to sonic exploration
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Cetaceans react to sonic exploration

This article is in follow-up to Serena’s earlier post about NOAA’s emerging guidelines in marine mammal acoustic protection. As Serena noted, marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), are constantly communicating underwater using sound waves. Humans have also begun to use sound waves underwater to make processes of mapping the ocean floor easier and … Continue reading

Here’s a gust of new information about wind farm efficiency!
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Here’s a gust of new information about wind farm efficiency!

Everyone’s familiar with the ‘shading effect’ that occurs on solar energy schemes. If a tree or high rise building casts a shadow on your photovoltaic cell’s glass face, that means your system isn’t generating as much energy as it could, because it’s not catching as much sunlight as it could. But did you know that … Continue reading