According to a new study by Filterbuy, an air filter industry website, the median air quality index in the Asheville metropolitan area was 15.3% better over the period from 2015-2019 compared with the period from 2005-2009. The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton and Greenville, S.C., metros also showed big improvements.
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Climate migration could bring influx to WNC
“Folks are really starting to get weary of the pattern of hurricanes and extreme weather and are looking for more stable environments such as Western North Carolina,” says local real estate agent John Haynes, about clients seeking to move to the region from coastal states like Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
Green in brief: P&Z says no to tree protection ordinance, WNC turkey harvest hits record high
Commission Chair Laura Hudson argued that the rules placed too much emphasis on tree protection and could become an untenable burden for developers. “If you jam too many requirements onto one small parcel, I think you’re going to kill the development altogether,” she said.
Green in brief: Recycle Right NC campaign kicks off, climate change predicted for WNC fall
Using the slogan “When in doubt, throw it out,” the statewide Recycle Right NC initiative aims to reduce contamination and improve the economic value of recyclables. Additionally, according to the National Weather Service’s Greenville-Spartanburg office, Western North Carolina is likely in for warmer-than-usual conditions over the foreseeable future.
City to conduct controlled burn in Asheville watershed
Later this month, the N.C. Forest Service will help the city of Asheville carry out a series of controlled burns on at least 95 acres around the North Fork and Bee Tree Reservoirs, thereby reducing the risk of more severe fires in a watershed that serves more than 125,000 area residents.
Letter writer: Support carbon fee and dividend to address climate change
‘It makes no sense for all of us to pay with our health, and our futures, so that polluters have the right to pollute for free.”
Letter writer: Let’s start conserving water now
“If we all do our part, it could make a big difference. … I’d also like to invite other readers to share their ideas and ways to conserve water.”
After the fire
Wildfires and pollen create air quality issues for some WNC residents
The unique combination of wildfires and high pollen counts in WNC this season may be contributing to the rise in allergies.