Health and Public Safety
May 23, 2014 -
After public outcry over a bill to lift North Carolina's fracking moratorium that made unauthorized disclosure of fracking chemical trade secrets a felony offense, the state Senate changed the penalty to a misdemeanor before passing the bill and sending it to the House, where it appears it might face opposition for other reasons.
May 22, 2014 -
As scientists issue fresh warnings about the threat of dramatic sea-level rise over the coming centuries due to climate change, North Carolina officials in charge of ensuring the coastal state is planning adequately want to limit their forecasts to 30 years to satisfy the demands of pro-development interests.
May 21, 2014 -
A new study finds that people of color, the elderly and children are dying in disproportionate numbers due to poor social policies -- and that by far the most deadly region for pedestrians is the South.
May 19, 2014 -
Legislation to open the state to oil and gas drilling would impose prison time for unauthorized individuals to disclose chemicals in fracking fluids that the industry wants kept secret. At the same time, it fails to address some of fracking's most serious environmental and public health risks.
May 6, 2014 -
The Obama administration has released the most comprehensive scientific assessment to date of climate change's regional impacts, and it offers a sobering message for the Southeast.
May 1, 2014 -
That's the question an environmental advocacy group raises in a new video about Duke Energy's Belews Creek power plant in Stokes County, NC. The video intensifies the spotlight shining on the company's environmental impact in the wake of a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River from another Duke plant.
April 24, 2014 -
In a groundbreaking verdict, a Texas jury has awarded $3 million to a family that sued over shale gas drilling operations that sickened them, their pets and livestock.