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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

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as "drift catchers" to monitor air samples for pesticides over the summer. Photo credit: D. Michael Burns.

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl ...Read More

Photo: Vail has received about 50 inches more snow than it did at this time last year. Photo courtesy of Brendan Gray

VAIL, Colo. - This year the ski resort of Vail is 50 inches ahead in terms of snowfall, compared with this time last season. Winter Park is about 100 inches ahead. That deep snow is a welcome gift to skiers and boarders, but according to FEMA and consumer groups such as AARP, there can be a price to ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Illinoisans enjoyed the warm weather over the weekend, the high pollen counts kept others inside. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The flowers are growing, the trees are blooming, and many allergy sufferers in Illinois feel miserable. After the especially cold winter, experts are predicting a bad spring for those allergic to tree pollen and grass. For relief, allergist Dr. Deeba Masood with Northshore Medica ...Read More

PHOTO: Powder River Basin coal is singled out in a report by the Sierra Club that tracks carbon pollution. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Powder River Basin coal is singled out in a report released today by the Sierra Club that tracks carbon pollution across the country. The basin, in northeastern Wyoming, contains the largest coal reserves in the continental U.S. suitable for mining. The country has depended on the r ...Read More

PHOTO: A State Capitol hearing room is packed Tuesday as a Senate committee discusses Senate Bill 1132, which would place a moratorium on fracking until the state fully studies the impact of the oil extraction method. Photo courtesy: Californians Against Fracking

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The controversial practice of offshore oil fracking is taking place along California's coastline, even though most people may not even know it. Assemblymember Das Williams says it's also being done without the required ongoing review from the Coastal Commission. He s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new competition to come up with innovative solutions to the problems of climate change was announced this weekend by UW-Madison, which is encouraging widespread participation in the competition. (Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (earthrise, Apollo 11)

MADISON, Wis. - A new competition to come up with solutions to climate change problems, called Climate Quest, was announced over the weekend by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Darin Harris, with the UW-Madison Office of Quality Improvement, explained. "It is a team-based competition to come ...Read More

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