Gareth McGrath, StarNewsOnline

Gareth McGrath


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Gareth:

How an international scandal is helping rural NC prepare for the electric vehicle revolution

How a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal is helping rural areas in North Carolina like New Bern prepare for the electric vehicle revolution → Read More

How rising seas could bring new challenges for two big Wilmington infrastructure projects

A deeper channel could mean more and bigger ships using the Wilmington port. But environmentalists worry about sea-level rise's impacts. → Read More

Along the NC coast, the Cape Lookout National Seashore is embracing its dark side

Cape Lookout National Seashore is embracing the night with its recent Dark Sky Park designation → Read More

Unwelcome Christmas surprise: From Asheville to Wilmington, drought grips North Carolina

La Nina is leading to abnormally dry conditions, with all of North Carolina now considered to be in drought. → Read More

Push for wind farm off Wilmington's coast continues despite local concerns

Despite local opposition, the federal government is moving forward with plans for an offshore wind farm south of Bald Head Island. → Read More

What ancient trees from New Bern to Wilmington are telling us about future flooding events

Researchers studying old longleaf pines have found the trees are recording increased hurricane rainfalls due to climate change in their growth rings. → Read More

NC Answers: Will supply chain issues give you indigestion preparing for Thanksgiving?

Officials say Thanksgiving staples should be readily available, but you'll have to dig deeper into your wallet for them. → Read More

How dying coral reefs brought Prince William and a Wilmington native together

A reef restoration company that includes a Wilmington native has been recognized by Prince William for its efforts. → Read More

Will it transform NC? What's in Biden's massive infrastructure bill for the Tar Heel State

The bill includes nearly $9 billion for a host of North Carolina infrastructure projects. Will that be enough? → Read More

North Carolina wants to pivot to a green energy grid, getting there could be a bumpy ride

As North Carolina looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions, renewables are taking center stage. But what future role should natural gas play? → Read More

Wrightsville Beach wants Masonboro Inlet sand for nourishment. Feds say birds need it more

Reversing a Trump-era decision, the Biden administration has said beach towns can't use sand from protected areas for beach nourishment projects. → Read More

As climate change looms, NC coastal town hopes for state help to stabilize its waterfront

A North Carolina coastal community that has been battling erosion woes for decades hopes state aid can help stabilize its waterfront. → Read More

A new weather station aims to collect data as hurricanes make landfall. Will it survive?

Can the new Sentinel weather station do what few other monitoring systems have done? Survive a major hurricane as it makes landfall. → Read More

NC Answers: Is the Carolina panther still lurking in the shadows?

It's been a century since a panther was sighted in North Carolina. But the legend of the big cat's presence continues to captivate the imagination. → Read More

Could giant yoga mats full of plants help clean North Carolina's dirty lakes and ponds?

Researchers are hoping mats of floating wetlands will help clean up some of North Carolina's most stressed waterways. → Read More

Could giant yoga mats full of plants help clean North Carolina's dirty lakes and ponds?

Researchers are hoping mats of floating wetlands will help clean up some of North Carolina's most stressed waterways. → Read More

Moves to protect North Carolina's trees could be chopped down by state budget bill

A provision in the proposed state budget bill could make it illegal for local NC governments to adopt tree-protection rules without approval. → Read More

Living shorelines: Along the N.C. coast, preparing for rising waters with natural remedies

Residents and officials along the North Carolina coast are increasingly looking at living shorelines to give protection in a world of sea level rise. → Read More

Remembering Hurricane Fran at 25, the storm that finished what Bertha started

Hurricane Fran hammered the North Carolina coast two months after Hurricane Bertha hit the same areas, before bringing misery to many inland areas. → Read More

Ready, aim, fire ants: Why the irritating insects are intruding in North Carolina

Climate change is helping imported fire ants extend their range in the Tar Heel State, including into some higher elevations of Western North Carolina. → Read More