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Gareth McGrath


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Gareth:

Has that house flooded before? Now NC sellers will have to tell you

N.C. real estate officials have voted to strengthen flood disclosure rules to now require sellers to share a home's flood history to potential buyers. → Read More

Oyster farming: Why the pearl in NC's agriculture industry is running into choppy waters

Faced with increased regulations and pushback from some coastal residents and officials, oyster farmers are feeling a bit shell-shocked. → Read More

Looking to plug 'leaky' homes, NC wants to put a major dent in home energy costs

Proposed changes could bring N.C.'s energy conservation codes in line with the latest standards, saving property owners money and reducing emissions. → Read More

Muscadine mania: Why NC's native grape could soon be making an appearance in local schools

Do you like muscadine grapes? What do you think about this proposed legislation? → Read More

As other Southeast ports get deeper, what's the status of Wilmington's expansion project?

Plenty of hurdles remain before dredges can begin moving. → Read More

A $110M grant will help fund a new NC coastal bridge, but it isn't in Wilmington

Why isn't North Carolina getting money to replace the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge? → Read More

Support, financing questions greet idea of baseball stadium in Leland

Leland has talked with the Texas Rangers about developing a stadium and entertainment complex in the fast-growing town. But lots of questions remain. → Read More

Why flooding from hurricanes in the Wilmington area could get a whole lot worse

A new study out of Princeton looks at how sea-level rise and heavier rainfall events tied to hurricanes could impact Wilmington-area flooding. → Read More

Q&A: Why Wilmington and Eastern NC are still in drought despite recent rains

Wilmington received an almost record amount of rain last weekend, but it wasn't enough to pull the region out of drought. → Read More

Whale deaths in NC and along the East Coast have officials searching for answers

The number of dead whales washing up in NC and along the East Coast are rising, as are concerns. But officials say offshore wind farms aren't to blame. → Read More

Plan to assess risk of climate change on insurance, including in NC, courts controversy

The U.S. government wants to know how viable insurance markets are in areas vulnerable to climate risk. States and the insurance industry are balking. → Read More

Pretty and sustainable: Why native NC plants can be good for your garden and the coast

With climate change bringing hotter temperatures, drought and rising seas, native plants offer NC coastal homeowners a sustainable choice. → Read More

Day after baby whale found dead in NC port, entangled right whale seen off the Outer Banks

A day after a baby North Atlantic right whale died in an NC port, a juvenile female whale was seen entangled in fishing gear off the Outer Banks → Read More

Baby North Atlantic right whale found dead along NC coast

A highly endangered North Atlantic right whale calf was found dead in Morehead City over the weekend after somehow getting separated from its mother. → Read More

North Carolina's future energy roadmap rolled out amid criticisms, Christmas blackouts

NC regulators have released a carbon plan that aims to allow the state to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. → Read More

NC State study: College textbooks aren't keeping pace with climate change science

A new study from NC State University finds that college biology textbooks aren't keeping up with climate change science → Read More

Cape Fear coast gets a helping (financial) hand from a friend in Washington

A massive federal spending bill includes several programs to help coastal communities in Southeastern North Carolina. → Read More

People warned to steer clear of dead birds as avian flu rips through NC flocks

As dead and dying birds multiply on North Carolina's beaches, struck down by avian flu, officials are warning humans to steer clear. → Read More

How this coastal advocate is working to protect the N.C. coast ... one paddle at a time

Kerri Allen of the N.C. Coastal Federation uses her positive attitude and love of outrigger canoe paddling to work on protecting the coast. → Read More

Will Wilmington see a white Christmas this year? Well, there's a chance.

Cold fronts will bring freezing temperatures to the NC coast this Christmas. But is snow also in the forecast? → Read More