On Thursday, the North Carolina Legislature speedily passed House Bill 467, “Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies.” The legislation will regulate North Carolina residents’ right to sue agricultural giants over damages to their health, income, and more. Though worded broadly, the law is predominately regarding Eastern North Carolina’s industrial hog industry. Over the last two decades,…

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More controversy over the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project that would carry fracked gas across West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, erupted this week. Blackburn Consulting Services released a report claiming that Dominion (the pipeline’s primary developer) is underestimating the risk of landslides in steep mountainous parts of Nelson County, Va. The soil evaluators…

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Synthetic fabrics, a staple of the outdoor apparel industry, are ending up in oceans in the form of microplastics. Invisible to the the human eye, microplastics are tiny plastic fibers that shed from synthetic materials when cycling through the washing machine. Because of their size, microplastics are extremely difficult to filter out at wastewater treatment plants.…

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A new movement to secure and protect scientific information some fear will be lost throughout the Trump Administration is gaining traction across the United States. Guerrilla archiving, the effort to copy government website data onto independent servers, hopes to safeguard irreplaceable scientific information from political interference. Some environmentalists think the notoriously climate-hostile Trump Administration will…

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