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PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin reminds people to follow all local laws and regulations regarding open burning to keep Wisconsin's air clean. (Photo by T.J. Morrissey)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - With spring comes an increase in open burning, with bonfires, campfires and burning yard waste. Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, acknowledged that woodburning is a Wisconsin tradition, "but there are righ ...Read More

PHOTO: Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says Earth Day founder and Wisconsinite Gaylord Nelson's ideals are still alive, but there's a lot of work to do. (Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator, founded Earth Day 44 years ago. According to Keith Reopelle, senior policy director of the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, Nelson's ideals are still alive in Wisconsin. "We've done a great job of tha ...Read More

PHOTO: - A petition with more than 6,000 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton today, asking him to implement a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Photo credit: Derek Bakken/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the arrival of Earth Day in Minnesota comes the arrival of a petition on frac sand mining to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, asking him for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. It has more than 6000 signatures, including that of Marilyn Frauen ...Read More

PHOTO: It has been 44 years since the first Earth Day, and environmental supporters say now more than ever there is great need to ensure the air, water, and land are protected for years to come. Photo courtesy of NASA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - From LED lighting to electric cars, the world has come a long way since the first Earth Day 44 years ago. According to Earth Day supporters, we are at a critical point in time to ensure the planet is healthy for future generations. Scott Sanders, executive director, Earth Day Coal ...Read More

Photo: Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. left, and Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson stand on top of Raleigh's new LEED certified Convention Center. Photo credit: Russ Stephenson

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh is doing something right when it comes to solar power, according to a report released this month by Environment North Carolina that ranks the city 15th in the nation when it comes to installed solar projects per capita. It's an effort backed by both public and private partner ...Read More

Cement plants in New York State and around the nation will no longer be able to get off the hook for spewing dangerous pollution and claiming it was a mistake, thanks to a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Photo credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake. Seth Johnson represented a num ...Read More

PHOTO: Several electric buses now serving Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. – A few electric buses now being operated in Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over the next several years. Michael Moreno, public information officer at the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, says his ag ...Read More

The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust ...Read More

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