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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 


    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

Environment

PHOTO: Man-made earthquakes linked to oil and natural gas extraction in New Mexico and several other states, have increased by several thousand percent in recent years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Labor.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Man-made earthquakes in New Mexico, linked to oil and gas exploration, have increased by about 4,000 percent in recent years, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. Robert Williams, a geophysicist with the USGS, explains how the millions of gallons of water ex ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are harshly criticizing the first few months of a GOP-led Congress they say has done nothing to benefit clean air, clean water or wilderness protection. Photo credit: Beth Little.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 114th U.S. Congress gets a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for the lawmakers' first four months of the session. The Climate Action Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Clean Water Action – among others – have tall ...Read More

PHOTO: Last week marked the 100th day of the 114th Congress, and it came with a briefing by conservation and environmental groups that said America's lands, water and wildlife are in peril from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the 114th Congress moves toward its 114th day, a briefing from conservation and environmental groups is giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues a failing grade thus far on lands, water, wildlife and climate action. Debbie Neustadt, an executive committ ...Read More

PHOTO: In Arizona and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands, despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management.

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Following this year's legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into ...Read More

PHOTO: Are clearer skies ahead for Indiana's environment? Some environmental groups say while there have been better efforts to improve air and water quality, the state is still falling behind in environmental protections. Photo credit: ranbud/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - With the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this week, some are reflecting on the progress and the missteps Indiana has made, environmentally speaking. Jess Kharbanda, executive director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, says there have been major strides in efforts to improve air ...Read More

PHOTO: The asthma rate for children in Baltimore is more than twice the national average. That's one reason cited as two groups announce they will take Gov. Larry Hogan to court over his decision to block clean-air regulations. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BALTIMORE – A first-day-in-office move for Gov. Larry Hogan is headed to court, with the Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility having filed an intent to sue. The governor blocked a rule to require installation of pollution controls at coal-fired power plants. Davi ...Read More

PHOTO: Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It's now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year, and Dallas organizers claim theirs is the largest Earth Day event in the nation. Photo credit: Khalid Mid/Wikimedia Commons.

DALLAS - Earth Day Texas is celebrating its fifth anniversary by expanding into a three-day event this weekend in Dallas. Organizers say the event has grown into the nation's largest Earth Day gathering, bringing more than 200,000 people to historic Fair Park. About 75,000 visitors are expected ove ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing ozone pollution standards. Industry groups are pushing back, claiming new regulations would damage the economy. Denver received a D grade on the American Lung Association's State of the Air report card for 2014. Photo credit: Stilfehler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Warmer weather is on the way, the time of year when ozone -- the lung-damaging gas in smog -- becomes a bigger problem for the 26 million Americans living with asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency said current ozone standards don't go far enough to protect public health and has propo ...Read More

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