Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity and is often stored in ponds near power plants. But when coal ash spilled out of a Duke Energy storage pond into the Dan River, it focused attention on the problem of storing coal ash. While some is currently used in concrete, NC A&T Researchers are finding a new use for coal ash as a super strong building material.
The dramatic decline in the population of honey bees threatens the world's food supply, because bees are needed to pollinate a majority of food crops. Researchers in Research Triangle Park are working to figure out what is causing the collapse and how to save the honey bee.
Researchers discover natural oyster reefs grow fast enough to keep up with the projected rise in sea levels, suggesting oyster reefs could be used for storm protection and erosion control, all the while doing what oyster reefs naturally do, which is filter the water and provide a habitat for fish.
North Carolina's rocky offshore reefs provide nurseries for juvenile fish, foraging grounds, hiding places, and spawning grounds. Research into offshore wind energy has prompted a new look at the health and diversity of life on the rocky reefs off the NC coast, where wind turbines could be located.
The restoration of historic Pinehurst #2 golf course, site of the 2014 U.S. Open, to its original design is a model of golf going green. The course, filled with native plants needing less care, matches the Sandhills environment, using less water and chemicals. The USGA and PGA say it's a model of golf going back to nature.
Wake Forest University scientists pioneer using drone aircraft for ecological monitoring. They're flying drones over the Amazon rainforest to study the tree canopy and the amount of carbon dioxide the forest releases.
Scientists trying to save the hemlock tree from the woolly adelgid, an invasive insect, hope integrated pest management (combining pesticides, the release of predator beetles, and the development of hybrid trees resistant to the insect) may be the answer.