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North Carolina wetland

Nov 8, 2022

To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Wetlands, Just Add (Fresh) Water

Scientists found they could reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from a former coastal wetland in North Carolina by raising the groundwater level. 

Sharks in the ocean

Oct 24, 2022

Positive YouTube Videos Help Deflect Blame From Sharks

NC State researchers found more people shifted blame for shark bites away from the animals after watching positive YouTube videos about them. 

North Carolina forest

Sep 13, 2022

The Way Land Is Protected in N.C. Will Impact Wildlife Habitat Connectivity, Study Shows

Findings from an NC State study could help conservation-focused organizations make better land acquisition decisions, depending on what their conservation goals are. 

Fall foliage

Sep 9, 2022

Fall Foliage Outlook 2022: When the Leaves Will Change in North Carolina

North Carolinians can expect to see the usual hues of orange, yellow, red and purple on trees as they visit leaf-peeping destinations across the state this year. 

Citizen science project

Aug 31, 2022

VoIunteers’ Images Will Show Ghost Forests in Transition

As part of a citizen science project led by NC State researchers, volunteers can submit photos to track changes in coastal forests over time. 

Power lines on a background of sunset in disturbing red tones

Jul 15, 2022

Extreme Heat Is Getting Worse. Is North Carolina’s Power Grid Ready?

North Carolinians are consuming record amounts of electricity as the summers grow longer and hotter. 

Red fox

Jun 28, 2022

The Answer to a Red Fox Mystery Is in Their DNA

The vast majority of red foxes in the Southeast are native to North America, according to an NC State expert. 

Road flooding

May 13, 2022

Study Finds Soil Composition Isn’t Key to Southeast Raleigh Flooding

Findings from a recent study suggest the soil is unlikely the culprit behind recurrent flooding in the Walnut Creek watershed. 

Gray fox

Mar 21, 2022

Tree Cover Helps Gray Foxes Coexist With Coyotes in the Country

Preserving tree cover may be essential in helping the gray fox survive with coyotes in rural areas, according to a new study from NC State researchers. 

Wang and Barrangou pose for a picture in one of their greenhouses, with Eucalyptus and Poplar trees

Mar 16, 2022

Seed Funding Speeds Growth for TreeCo — an NC State Startup

After receiving support from the Chancellor's Innovation Fund, two professors' sustainable forestry startup is using new technology to mitigate climate change. 

Bradford pear tree in bloom

Mar 10, 2022

Bounty Offered on Bradford Pear Trees

Through the “Bradford Pear Bounty” program, you could get up to five new native trees in exchange for cutting down the same number of Bradford pears in your yard while supplies last. 

Wood samples used in carbon dating

Feb 14, 2022

A Coastal Forest Almost 2,000 Years Old is Disappearing

A new study illustrates that a coastal forest has stored vast quantities of carbon for thousands of years. 

Ghost forest in North Carolina.

Feb 2, 2022

Microbes Making Tree Methane ‘Farts’ in Ghost Forests Are in the Soils, Study Says

Understanding how ghost forests create methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is important to calculating the environmental impact of the forest-to-ghost forest transition. 

Researchers are studying ghost forests in North Carolina.

Jan 26, 2022

Study Finds Saltwater Thresholds for Plants in Freshwater Forests

Findings from the study could help researchers identify coastal landscapes in transition from forest to marsh or open water – and in need of help. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

Jan 5, 2022

Climate Change Could Lead to Blackouts, Higher Power Costs on West Coast

Projections from two studies show how climate change or shifting to renewable energy sources could impact West Coast power supplies.