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PHOTO: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal in Calvert County is being challenged by community and environmental groups. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.

BALTIMORE - Reaction has been strong to federal approval of plans to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead to Dominion Resources on Monday night, and community and environmental groups on Tuesday ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman to learn more about weeds, pests and other issues related to climate change. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) thrives when temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman on Tuesday night to learn about how climate change is affecting their livelihood, and what they can do to prepare for risks and manage them. Montana State University environmental sciences professor Fabian Menalled said one example that ever ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is a national leader in land conservation, and a new report is aimed at making sure it stays that way. Photo courtesy of Ryan Neale, Maine Development Foundation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - When it comes to land conservation, Maine is a national leader, coming in second in the U.S. in total acreage preserved for conservation. As a means to keep Maine in the forefront of land conservation, the latest edition of the quarterly Maine Development Foundation report is being ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

PHOTO: Train carrying crude oil. A Bay Area environmental group has sued a Sacramento air-quality district for failing to require an environmental review of a crude-oil transfer station at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento. Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An environmental group is accusing air-quality officials of sneaking under the radar and quietly "rubber-stamping" permits for a crude-oil transfer station at a former air force base. A lawsuit filed by Earthjustice claims the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management Distr ...Read More

PHOTO: The monarch butterfly is one of the species found in Montana that are listed in a new report about plants and animals experiencing dramatic population declines. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - It's a case of the common becoming uncommon in a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition. The report lists 10 species that have been documented as declining, and at a rate that could mean the next generation may not get to see them in the great outdoors. In Montana, said ...Read More

PHOTO: Later this month, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to sustainable agriculture with a cover crop field day and celebration. (Photo courtesy MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. – This month the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to organic and sustainable agriculture. Jim Stute, the Institute’s research director, says the past three decades have seen huge growth and the future is bright because of consumer dema ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK - Thousands of people took part in the People's Climate March Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and the world. From the staging area at Columbus Circle, the marchers filled Central Park West as far as the eye could see. Stepping off around 1 p.m., ...Read More

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