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    PNS Daily News - April 21, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; on this, the eve of Earth Day, President Obama says climate change is this planet’s greatest environmental threat; and a legal battle is brewing of an EPA-approved herbicide that has in it, a component used in Agent Orange; and a Texas woman is facing a big fine for feeding homeless people.

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PHOTO: The Ebey Blockhouse on Whidbey Island is one of the historic farm buildings at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville. The reserve is a candidate for preservation in 2016 with Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee takes up the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has brought $600 million to the Evergreen State over the last 50 years for conservation and recreation projects. But the LWCF is set to expire this fall, and Congress h ...Read More

PHOTO: The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill highlights concerns over offshore oil drilling along North Carolina's coast. Photo credit: NOAA.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - As the country observes the fifth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which continues to impact the Gulf Coast, there are growing concerns over whether the same thing could happen off the coast of North Carolina. A new federal proposal would allow off ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis ...Read More

PHOTO: A number of environmental groups are questioning a yes vote by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a nonbinding budget resolution that could limit the EPA's definition of which U.S. waters should come under protections. Photo credit: Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward with plans to clarify the Clean Water Act to safeguard more waterways in Minnesota and across the nation, environmental groups are urging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to get onboard. Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minn ...Read More

PHOTO: Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers continue to investigate the effects on the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem. A new report finds several species including sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins continue to show signs of trouble. Photo credit: Terry Ross/Flickr.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Five years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, releasing at least 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. While the Florida coast still is recovering from the disaster, researchers say it's too soon to know the full extent of the damage. Biologist Ryan F ...Read More

PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks 100 days for the U.S. Senate this year. A new tally of votes from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups tracked decisions on natural resources, the environment and climate change, showing distinct divides along party lines. Photo credit: hans/pixabay.com

MISSOULA, Mont. - Today is a benchmark for the U.S. Senate. It's the 100th day of the session and a new report from the Sierra Club tracks votes on clean energy, climate change and natural resources. Montana's freshman Senator Steve Daines' record is taken to task, specifically for opposing legis ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

PHOENIX - The Colorado River, as it flows through the Grand Canyon, is the most endangered section of any river in the United States. That's according to an annual report from the nonprofit group American Rivers, ranking the nation's most endangered rivers. Sinjin Eberle, associate director of comm ...Read More

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