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PHOTO: The EPA is holding public hearings this week on its proposed tougher carbon emission standards - a controversial proposal here in coal-producing Kentucky. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Proposed carbon emissions standards would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. The proposed rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out June 2, are controversial in Kentucky, one of the top coal-producing states in t ...Read More

PHOTO: Supporters of limits on carbon pollution say they will have significant health benefits; detractors say they'll slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on rules designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. Supporters say the new regulations also would save thousands of lives a year - and critics say the carbon pollution limits ...Read More

PHOTO: At public hearings this week in Pittsburgh, the EPA will hear views about its Clean Power Plan, which sets goals by state to reduce carbon pollution in power production. Photo credit: Adrian Jones.

PITTSBURGH - Hearings in Pittsburgh are coming up Thursday and Friday about the Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan," aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels. Dr. Alan Peterson, emeritus director of community and environmental medici ...Read More

PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a ...Read More

PHOTO: Boone County native Dustin White was one of those on a hunger strike against mountaintop removal because he says it is damaging people's health. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "war on coal" rhetoric makes it sound as if West Virginians are unified in supporting the industry. However, polls and interviews with ordinary folks suggest that isn't true, especially if they think coal is hurting their health. Dustin White is from a longtime Boone County ...Read More

PHOTO: A study out this week says Arizonans are driving less and using public transportation more. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

PHOENIX - According to a study out this week, Arizonans are driving less in favor of bicycling and utilizing public transportation options, such as those provided by Phoenix Metro Light Rail. The study from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and St. Luke's Health Initiatives is title ...Read More

PHOTO: Concerned citizens and conservation groups are attending the three-day meeting of the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee to protest rollbacks in conservation rebates for energy consumers. Photo by: Ivan Penn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How much you spend on your power bill for the next 10 years and beyond will depend on the outcome of a meeting by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) this week. Per state law, the PSC meets every five years to establish the state's energy conservation plan, and utility c ...Read More

PHOTO: A 'moth sheet' can be set up by anyone as a way to observe moth species. It's National Moth Week, and researchers are looking for white-lined sphinx moths in Montana. Photo courtesy of NationalMothWeek.org.

DRUMMOND, Mont. - Student researchers from California's La Verne University are conducting studies under the darkness of the northwestern Montana night. They're tracking the white-lined sphinx month, commonly known to as the 'hummingbird moth.' Their work is being highlighted for National Moth Week, ...Read More

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