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    PNS Daily News - May 2, 20160 


    Today’s news features stories from around the nation: May Day marches highlight worker and immigrant rights; a circus company packs it up for pachyderms; and a "Powerball Promise" to fund education appears to fall short in Kentucky.

Environment

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts ...Read More

Cyclists celebrate Bike Month to promote fitness, safety and environmentally-friendly transportation. (DSMBikeCollective.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people. Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. He says throughout the mon ...Read More

Power generated by wind turbines in Wyoming dropped almost 14 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Vjurleit/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Growth in wind power production was down in 2015 due to lower wind speeds in key regions, particularly in western states, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nationally, power from wind turbines grew by just over 5 percent last year, the smallest in ...Read More

Almost 20 percent of Philadelphia school children have asthma. (iStock)

PHILADELPHIA – Tuesday is World Asthma Day and in Philadelphia, the event will be marked with a march and rally for cleaner air. The noon rally at City Hall will be led by the groups Moms Clean Air Force and PennEnvironment. The City of Brotherly Love received an F grade in the American Lu ...Read More

Rail accidents could increase by 22 percent if improvements are not made to rail lines, according to a report on the proposed Columbia River coal terminal. (Greg Goebel/Yvcol_2b)

SEATTLE - Greenhouse-gas emissions from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal-export project in Longview would be equivalent to adding more than 600,000 cars to the road each year. That's according to a draft environmental impact study released by Cowlitz County and the Washington State Depa ...Read More

Power generated by wind turbines was up in Colorado by 2.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Makunin/Pixabay)

DENVER - Growth in wind-power production was down in 2015 because of lower wind speeds in key regions, particularly in western states, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nationally, power from wind turbines grew by slightly more than five percent last year, the smallest ...Read More

A new report says that for New Mexico, proposed BLM regulations to curb venting and flaring of methane on public lands will benefit both the environment and the state's coffers. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite oil and gas industry concerns, the Bureau of Land Management's proposed methane waste rule is expected to have a beneficial effect in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, according to a new study. The Conservation Economics Institute report, released this week, said reducing methan ...Read More

Chemical plants in Texas release tons of deadly toxins and carcinogens each year through breakdowns and maintenance errors, according to a new report. (DanielAzocar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Preventable breakdowns and maintenance errors are causing chemical plants across Texas to spew tons of toxic substances into the air each year, according to a new report. The Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas report said that despite the release of deadly substan ...Read More

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