Gareth McGrath, StarNewsOnline

Gareth McGrath


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Gareth:

As 2023 draws closer so does a decision on North Carolina's energy future

The N.C. Utilities Commission has until Dec. 31 to announce a way forward for the state to reduce its carbon emissions while keeping the lights on. → Read More

As e-bikes surge in popularity, is North Carolina ready to share the road with them?

Thanks to high gas prices and COVID, e-bike sales are surging. Is North Carolina ready to share the road with them? → Read More

A tropical storm in mid-November? North Carolina residents are told to get prepared

A rare mid-November tropical storm is threatening to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the North Carolina coast. → Read More

This Wilmington-area historical site is so popular it's getting a new visitors center

A Civil War battlefield just south of Wilmington is drawing record visitors, and that's led to Fort Fisher getting a new visitors center. → Read More

North Topsail is getting millions for beach nourishment. How long will the sand last?

North Carolina has given North Topsail Beach $10 million to help stabilize and rebuild its eroded beach. But is this money well spent? → Read More

Why nurturing NC's native plants might be your yard's answer to climate change

Climate change is likely to bring drier, hotter weather to North Carolina. Experts say moving toward native vegetation could help yards deal with it. → Read More

A nesting oasis off Southport is washing away. Here's what's being done to save it

Battery Island is the most important nesting area for white ibis in North Carolina. But the island near the mouth of the Cape Fear River is eroding. → Read More

Could wood from NC forests soon be fueling your next airline flight?

Enviva, which operates several mills in NC, intends to provide Alder Fuels with wood biomass to be used to produce "green" aviation fuel. → Read More

With recent setbacks, is North Carolina's solar power industry cooling off?

A huge solar farm rejected in Pender County. One of the state's biggest solar installers closes its doors. Despite that solar power to keep growing in NC → Read More

Why what happens in Florida doesn't stay in Florida: What Ian means for NC insurance rates

Hurricane Ian did little damage in North Carolina. But the storm could still impact state insurance rates. → Read More

Learning from Hurricane Ian: Why we should prepare for more storms like it

As climate change warms the ocean, hurricanes like Ian are likely a sign of things to come. → Read More

Ian arrives in the Carolinas, bringing wet, blustery conditions to the NC coast

Rain bands from Hurricane Ian lashed Southeastern North Carolina Friday as storm-driven waves brought heavy surf and erosion woes to area beaches. → Read More

Ian to bring heavy rains, winds to NC coast as it makes 2nd landfall in South Carolina

Hurricane Ian is forecast to make a second landfall in South Carolina Friday, bringing heavy rains and winds to the NC coast. → Read More

Should NC recreational boats have to slow down for endangered whales? Feds think so

New rule would force boats as small as 35 feet to follow speed limits to protect highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. → Read More

Years after Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, resiliency the focus of NC recovery efforts

Building back better is the focus as the recovery from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence continues in Eastern North Carolina. → Read More

Does tech-giant Apple still own 3,600 acres of forestland in Brunswick County? What we know

In a push to be greener, Apple purchased 3,600 acres of forestland in Brunswick County last decade. Seven years later, what is the land's status? → Read More

King of the reefs: Will climate change help the invasive lionfish expand north of NC?

Cool ocean waters have stopped the invasive lionfish at Cape Hatteras. But will climate change allow the voracious exotic to move farther north? → Read More

Power of peat: Why environmentalists are pushing to restore NC's pocosin wetlands

Turning fallow Southern farmlands back into wetlands could prevent millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. → Read More

Got an F-150 Lightning? Duke Energy might ask you to help keep NC's lights on in the future

Duke Energy is launching a pilot program to see if batteries in F-150 Lightning pickups can help it meet demand during periods of peak-energy use. → Read More

Should NC's clean energy future include more nuclear power? Duke Energy thinks so

Duke Energy wants to add nuclear power to meet North Carolina's carbon reduction goals. → Read More