Community Rising

Community Rising examines environmental news in the coastal Carolina region. We focus on the environment, development, climate change, pollution, and public health.

Hosted ByKatie Tomberlin

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The History, Creation and Importance of Artificial Reefs in NC

Look to the coast of North Carolina and you may find something a bit unexpected – artificial reefs. These manmade reefs mimic the characteristics of real reefs in order...

Discover the Mysteries Behind Bees and their Honey

Honey bees not only produce one of the most popular sweeteners used within food and drink products – they also play a huge role in our agricultural system. Onslow...

Why Biogas Won’t Make Hog Farms Sustainable

Hog farms have been polluting the environment of Eastern NC for decades. And over the past few years, owners of these operations have started touting biogas as a way...

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice

Low-income communities of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues in NC, and face higher rates of disease because of it. When COVID-19 hit, Sherri White-Williamson, the Environmental Justice...

Duck, NC’s Hurricane Preparations

Christian Legner is the Public Informations Officer of Duck, NC. She speaks about what her town prioritizes when hurricane season is in full effect, and how this changes with...

New Zones Show Who is Most At Risk This Hurricane Season

NC is predicted to have an above average hurricane season this year, meaning an increase of evacuation orders is on the horizon. In this episode, Katie Webster, Assistant Director...

Increasing Temperatures Worsen Health Disparities in NC

North Carolina’s low-income communities of color already face higher rates of chronic diseases like heart disease. And with the threat of increasing temperatures due to climate change, these disparities...

Environmental issues disproportionately impact ENC’s low-income communities of color

From hog lagoons to sewage sludge to wood pellet plants, low-income communities of color in Eastern North Carolina experience a wide array of environmental injustices. Naeema Muhammad, an organizer...

Environmental issues disproportionately impact ENC’s low-income communities of color

After Flooding, a Biologist’s Story

Ana Zimmerman is a biology professor at the College of Charleston. She’s also a flood survivor. Over the course of a few years, her home was repeatedly flooded after...