Environment


It's not our state butterfly, but for our money, the red spotted purple butterfly might be the most beautiful we've seen. (Shutterstock)
Butterflies Aren’t Just for Spring: 5 NC Fall Butterflies and Where to Find Them 

Some butterflies are disgusting. Some are sneaky. Others are just plain beautiful. And NC is the perfect state to seek them out.

The co-owner of Trophy Brewing Company, a popular brewery and restaurant in Raleigh, on how the Inflation Reduction Act will help his business be more environmentally friendly. (Image via Trophy Brewing's Facebook page)
Our North Carolina Restaurant Wants to Do More to Fight Climate Change. The Inflation Reduction Act Will Help.

A Raleigh brewery and restaurant owner on President Biden and Democrats' big climate change bill, which includes billions of dollars in incentives for businesses to invest in clean energy.

A creek in North Carolina's gorgeous Pisgah National Forest. The forest is known for its rare mountain bogs too. (Shutterstock)
Take In These Four Endangered NC Landscapes While You Can

From mountain bogs to maritime forests, a guide to some of North Carolina’s most enchanted landscapes.

Legalized medical marijuana in North Carolina has long seemed a distant possibility. That possibility appears to be getting closer at the NC state legislature. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Medical Marijuana, Medicaid, and Poisoned Water: Three Proposed North Carolina Laws to Watch

On Monday, the state Senate passed a bill that will legalize cannabis for medical purposes. We have the roundup of this and other key NC bills.

Students at NC State University board buses near the Raleigh campus. (Image via Shutterstock.)
Get Ready for More Electric Buses and Public Transit Options in NC’s Small Towns 

Nearly $177 million is headed to North Carolina to buy energy-efficient buses, update transportation centers, and prop up rural public transportation systems. 

US Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in 2011. New federal legislation aims to improve health care for service members exposed to contaminated drinking water at the military base, as well as soldiers exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Shutterstock)
NC Service Members Sickened By Burn Pits, Contaminated Water May Finally Get Help

The US House passed a bipartisan bill improving healthcare for veterans exposed to toxins. Six North Carolina Republicans voted against it.

The EPA announced it would use federal infrastructure dollars to clean up toxic industrial sites that have gone years without being addressed.
Help Is on the Way for 4 NC Superfund Sites

The EPA will use federal Infrastructure funds to clean up four areas in the state contaminated by industrial pollutants.