The Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference is Next Week!

The following is a guest post written by Jen Banks, Director of Operations for the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition originally posted here. The Southeastern states from Virginia to Florida are home to over 65 wind related manufacturing facilities that support thousands of wind energy jobs in the Southeast region.  These supply chain facilities could expand [...]

Gov. McCrorys Disconnect on Beaches and Offshore Drilling

This is a guest post by Institute for Southern Studies Editorial Director, Sue Sturgis.  This piece was originally posted on the Institute for Southern Studies’ blog, Facing South. In his first State of the State address this week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called for moving forward with oil and gas exploration off the state’s [...]

Chasing Ice: The Local Connection

If you know someone who still hasn’t bought into the idea of anthropogenic climate change, Chasing Ice, a documentary that reveals stunning images of glaciers retreating, could serve as a powerful educational tool. The subject of Chasing Ice, James Balog, is a long-time photographer who has explored the relationship between man and nature. The impetus [...]

Chasing Ice: A Cinematic View of Climate Change

SACE staff member Kacy Rohn contributed to this post. A new documentary on the melting of glacial ice is making waves at film festivals and around the environmental community.  The award-winning Chasing Ice is garnering praise for its dramatic time-lapse portrayals of melting glacial ice that clearly demonstrate the devastating impact of climate change. While [...]

Climate lessons from South Florida in 2011

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, hosted by Monroe County—the county of the Florida Keys.  The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s Climate Action Plan, which is the written formal response of Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, [...]

SACE asked to participate in National Climate Assessment

Each year, starting in 1989, an annual report titled, “Our Changing Planet” has been produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and submitted to Congress. The USGCRP also conducts the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which has been previously completed in 2000 and 2009. The assessment serves as a “status report” on the latest [...]

Extreme Weather: What is in Store? Who is to Blame?

This blog was co-authored by Amy Vaden. It certainly seems that extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace. Scientific American recently reported that 2011 saw the sixth-highest number of tornado-related deaths ever recorded, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a big hurricane season as well. This week, Hurricane Irene threatens the eastern [...]

South Florida Says No to New Nukes, Yes to Solar!

On April 30, SACE joined Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, the Tropical Audubon Society, South Florida Clean Energy Coalition, Save it Now Glades!, Greenpeace, and others in south Florida for a clean energy rally in Biscayne Bay National Park. The timing of the rally was significant in that it was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary date of [...]

How soon we forget as Congress suffers from oil spill amnesia

The 1 year anniversary of the nation’s worst oil spill was observed just two weeks ago but little has been done to improve offshore drilling safety measures to ensure another accident of similar magnitude does not happen again.  Nevertheless, the U.S. House of Representatives just passed legislation introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings to speed up [...]

Steady Breeze Brings Jobs to North Carolina

This blog was co-authored by former SACE staff Katie Stokes & Glenn Mauney. There’s wind in the North Carolina desert!  OK, it’s not really a desert.  An area in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties in northeastern N.C., locally referred to as ‘the Desert’, may soon be home to N.C.’s first wind farm.  Iberdrola Renewables recently announced [...]