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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

PHOTO: It's National Moth Week. The white-lined sphinx moth is commonly found in Wyoming at dusk. Photo credit: J. Pinta (Redline2200).

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Dig out the flashlights for a nighttime adventure to celebrate National Moth Week. It highlights the role moths play in the ecosystem. They're pollinators, and their caterpillars are food for other species. Scott Shaw is a professor and curator of the University of Wyoming Insect M ...Read More

PHOTO: Ocean acidification is eroding coral reefs, like this one in Pacific Panama. Photo credit: Derek Manzello

MIAMI – This weekend, thousands of people will enjoy Florida’s beaches, but many may not realize the saltwater they're swimming in is becoming increasingly acidic. Another unpleasant side effect of global warming, ocean acidification is a steady decrease in the pH levels of ocean water ...Read More

PHOTO: AmeriCorps volunteers helped construct a sandbag wall to protect Clarksville's historic downtown, but they say more needs to be done to find a long-term solution to flooding in this Mississippi River community. Photo credit: Clare Holdinghaus.

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - A municipal decision put one historic Missouri city in danger as the Mississippi River began to rise. While volunteers stepped in to save the town, they say a permanent solution is needed to keep Clarksville's history from washing away. The Clarksville City Council said it couldn ...Read More

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