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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Climate Change/Air Quality

Eleven companies, including three operating in Colorado, were responsible for 49 percent of U.S. methane emissions in 2014. (Curraheeshutter/iStockphoto)

DENVER -- A new report from the Center for American Progress has identified the top 11 companies responsible for nearly half of all methane pollution in the United States. Methane is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Sara Loflin, executive director of the ...Read More

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Methane is a potent greenhouse gas leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. And a new report from the Center for American Progress pinpoints the who's who of methane pollution in Ohio and throughout the Appalachian Basin. The Center says 11 companie ...Read More

The EPA has not finalized methane emission rules for exiting sources. (Gerry Dincher/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Methane is a potent greenhouse gas leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. And a new report from the Center for American Progress pinpoints the who's who of methane pollution in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin. The Center says 11 ...Read More

Peabody Energy has provided funds to a network of groups that espouse climate change denial. (Peabody Energy)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Peabody Energy has financial ties to a network of individuals, nonprofits and political organizations that deny the existence of climate change, according to new documents made public in the company's bankruptcy filings. Jamie Corey, a researcher with the Center for Media and Demo ...Read More

Well pads dot the landscape at the Jonah oil and gas fields in Wyoming. (Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to ...Read More

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (MajaPhoto/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - Five regions of Texas, including the massive Permian Basin and the Gulf Coast Basin, are among the areas of the country experiencing the most methane pollution leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. According to the Center for American Progress, 11 companies ...Read More

Urban heat islands, such as the city of Madison, affect the growing season and wildlife, according to a new University of Wisconsin study. (UW-William Graf)

MADISON, Wis. -- Urban-dwelling plants typically get a head start on the growing season compared with their rural counterparts because of the urban heat-island effect, which causes cities to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. According to researcher Samuel Zipper of the University of Wisco ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Interior will hold a public meeting in Grand Junction on Thursday to discuss its federal coal program. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Officials from the U.S. Interior Department will be in Grand Junction on Thursday as part of a national tour to get input on how coal should be managed on federal lands. The American public owns coal across the West, said Pam Eaton, The Wilderness Society's senior director for energy ...Read More

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