Energy & Environment

Georgia’s solar boom applauded in Clean Water Coalition’s ‘Clean 13’ report

BY: - October 19, 2021

A large manufacturer is busily cranking out solar panels in Dalton. A leading manufacturer of school buses based in Fort Valley says it will be nearly all electric by 2030. And a group of north Georgia residents rallied to stop biomass plants from burning creosote-soaked railroad ties. Georgia clean water advocates are pointing to these changes […]

National parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

BY: - October 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records. Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is […]

Joro spiders get the publicity, but Georgia hosts armies of invasive plants and critters

BY: - October 12, 2021

When Kennesaw State University environmental science student Ryland McGreevy is not studying, he’s often exploring Georgia’s wild spaces, shooting photos and video for a nature-focused Instagram called Caveman Wildlife. He’s familiar with many of Georgia’s four, six and eight-legged residents, but one large yellow spider he kept meeting during his Kennesaw outings threw him for […]

Golden Ray wreck fished out of St. Simons Sound, leaves pollution questions in its wake

BY: and - October 11, 2021

At 656 feet long and big enough to haul more than 4,000 automobiles, the hulking Golden Ray ship has been hard to miss in the St. Simons Sound, where it laid on its side for more than two years. Now, after years of setbacks from oil spills, a fire, hurricanes and a change in contractors, […]

Georgia faith leaders appeal to officials to spare ‘sacred’ Okefenokee from mine

BY: - October 6, 2021

A group of more than 100 faith leaders in Georgia have come out in opposition to a proposal to mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and are calling on religious-minded state and local decision makers to reject any plans to mine close to the swamp. Dozens of faith leaders, including Christian ministers, rabbis and imams, added […]

U.S. Senate confirms Stone-Manning as public lands chief after months of GOP attacks

BY: - September 30, 2021

The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Thursday night to make Tracy Stone-Manning the first confirmed director of the Bureau of Land Management since the Obama administration. The vote, 50-45, ended a contentious confirmation process for Stone-Manning, a senior adviser for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation who served as chief of staff to […]

‘Wildfire year’ meant record days at the highest preparedness level, Forest Service chief says

BY: - September 29, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service spent more consecutive days this summer at the agency’s highest level of preparedness for wildfires than in any previous year, Forest Service Chief Randy Moore told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. Moore’s comments reflected the growing danger from more intense and harder-to -control fires that have swept Western and Midwestern states […]

Spaceport Camden launch delayed again as FAA extends license review

BY: - September 29, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration postponed for at least another month a decision on a license for a controversial spaceport on the Georgia coast. The federal agency in charge of reviewing the project dubbed Spaceport Camden now plans to reveal its decision by Nov. 3 with continuing consultations forcing plans beyond Thursday’s planned announcement. It looked […]

COMMENTARY

Pogo has some advice for us

BY: - September 27, 2021

A famous opossum and I have two things in common. No, I don’t hang by my tail from tree branches. But cartoonist Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” and I were both born in 1948. And we both have opinions. Who’s Pogo? If you don’t know, you are either too young or you didn’t read the “funny papers” […]

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

BY: - September 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and search for ways […]

State judge sides with EPD on tougher limits for dumping sewage into Chattahoochee

BY: - September 15, 2021

A state judge has ruled against a middle Georgia water utility that has spent years waging a costly battle against a state permit requiring tougher water quality standards. Judge Ronit Walker, an administrative law judge, backed state regulators’ decision to issue a permit last year imposing stricter limits on the amount of pollution that can […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill budgets for climate change fight, enhanced research

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday advanced its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure passed along party lines […]