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Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded a grant to the N.C. Wildlife Federation (NCWF) to support the organization’s mission and work.

The NCWF is dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats. With 70 years of experience, NCWF works to represent the concerns of every North Carolinian who loves wildlife and the places where wildlife live.

“The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation supports organizations that work with diverse constituencies to broaden the number and the range of citizens acting on behalf of the environment,” said Leslie Winner, Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “The NC Wildlife Federation is a great example of an organization that is empowering people in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state to promote environmental education, sustainability and stewardship. We are proud to partner together to achieve this shared vision.”

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The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University's Department of Political Science and Public Affairs continues this semester with a Monday, March 2, panel, featuring four presentations about climate change.

  • Blair Tormey, coastal research scientist, will discuss "Climate Science and the Evidence for Global Warming."
  • Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will speak about "Talking to Mr. Carl About Climate Change."
  • David Dorondo, Sossoman Professor of History, will examine "European Climate-Change Policy: A Question of German Leadership?"
  • The topic of Jen Schiff, political science and public affairs assistant professor, will be "United Nations Action (or Inaction?) on Climate Change."

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Dear EarthTalk: I am in the market for a new flat screen TV. Are some models greener than others? – Michael Kavanaugh, Rome, N.Y.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans’ 275 million TV sets burn through some 65 billion kilowatt hours of energy each year, representing four to five percent of U.S. household electricity consumption. Each U.S. household spends around $200/year for electricity to power their TVs and related equipment. But while we may not be giving up our TVs anytime soon, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, as the consumer electronics industry has started to prioritize reducing its environmental footprint.

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In order to enhance the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) experience for thru-hikers and better manage this natural resource, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in cooperation with its partners, has launched a new voluntary registration system for those attempting to hike the estimated 2,185- mile-long Trail in one year. This registration system, available at www.appalachiantrail.org/thruhikeregistration, exists to ease impacts from the increased number of hikers expected after the release of two hiking related films, “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods.”

In recent years, the A.T. thru-hike experience has at peak use times suffered severe overcrowding at the southern end of the Trail. Crowding intensifies because hikers tend to start thru-hikes around specific dates, such as March 1, March 17, and especially April 1 and weekends.

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