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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Climate Change is Threatening NC’s Largest Estuary

North Carolina’s Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary is the second-largest estuary in the United States and serves as a vital resource for several industries and communities. Bill Crowell, Director of the Albemarle-Pamlico...

Student Housing During Hurricanes and COVID-19

Peter Groenendyk is the Director of Housing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and has experienced countless hurricanes. Groenendyk discusses the process of evacuating students during...

David “Clammerhead” Cessna is Embracing Climate Change to Help Fight It

As a seventh generation commercial fisherman, David “Clammerhead” Cessna, of Smyrna, NC, speaks about how his family’s tradition led him to sustainable shellfish harvesting. At age 59, he is...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled

With the cancellation of plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on July 5, 2020; we examine the negative impacts it would have caused and ask activist Hope Taylor,...

UNCW’s Disaster Response: Hurricanes and COVID-19

Eric Griffin and Jeff Campbell are both seasoned administrators at UNCW, responsible for environmental health and safety on campus. They both explain how they could draw from past hurricane...

Mapping the Floods

Where will you be when sea waters rise the most? Climate change is affecting coastal communities right now, across the world. Even so, people still don’t understand exactly how...

Addressing Contamination from Chemours Plant

Chemours, a chemicals plant located in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been leaching PFAS chemicals into the Cape Fear River for decades, impacting the health and well-being of the communities...

One Community’s Environmental Education during Covid-19

Lisa Rider is the Executive Director for Coastal Carolina Riverwatch (CCR), which serves Crystal Coast and White Oak River communities. Rider speaks to how COVID-19 is affecting their organization’s...