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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Climate Change/Air Quality

Northwest forests could start to resemble subtropical forests, according to a model of climate change from scientists at Washington State University. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - In the near future, Pacific Northwesterners could look out their windows and see something more similar to the Amazon than the cold, misty forests they're used to. Based on an aggregate of climatic forecasts, researchers at Washington State University have developed a model of what the Un ...Read More

Students from more than 100 Colorado schools are hitting the streets today in celebration of Bike to School Day. (SylwiaAptacy/Pixabay)

DENVER - Colorado drivers are encouraged to be on the lookout for more and smaller bicycles on the road today. More than 100 schools across the state are participating in Bike to School Day, a national effort to disrupt dull transportation routines and get children's energy levels up for better lear ...Read More

On Monday, the Colorado State Supreme Court overturned two measures passed by Fort Collins and Longmont voters to limit hydraulic fracturing. (Metaphortography/iStockphoto)

DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court struck down two measures on Monday passed by Fort Collins and Longmont voters to limit fracking. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association had petitioned the court to overturn the city laws, arguing state regulations trump municipalities and the justices agreed in a ...Read More

A proposed water pipeline would transfer 86,000-acre feet of water a year from Lake Powell (above) for water customers in southwestern Utah. (JodiJacobson/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah has filed for a permit to build a controversial 140-mile pipeline to send water from the Colorado River to southwestern Utah, but a coalition of conservation groups says its members will fight the project. The Lake Powell Pipeline could take up to 86,000 acre-fee ...Read More

Power generated by wind turbines in Wyoming dropped almost 14 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Vjurleit/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Growth in wind power production was down in 2015 due to lower wind speeds in key regions, particularly in western states, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nationally, power from wind turbines grew by just over 5 percent last year, the smallest in ...Read More

Almost 20 percent of Philadelphia school children have asthma. (iStock)

PHILADELPHIA – Tuesday is World Asthma Day and in Philadelphia, the event will be marked with a march and rally for cleaner air. The noon rally at City Hall will be led by the groups Moms Clean Air Force and PennEnvironment. The City of Brotherly Love received an F grade in the American Lu ...Read More

Rail accidents could increase by 22 percent if improvements are not made to rail lines, according to a report on the proposed Columbia River coal terminal. (Greg Goebel/Yvcol_2b)

SEATTLE - Greenhouse-gas emissions from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal-export project in Longview would be equivalent to adding more than 600,000 cars to the road each year. That's according to a draft environmental impact study released by Cowlitz County and the Washington State Depa ...Read More

A new report says that for New Mexico, proposed BLM regulations to curb venting and flaring of methane on public lands will benefit both the environment and the state's coffers. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite oil and gas industry concerns, the Bureau of Land Management's proposed methane waste rule is expected to have a beneficial effect in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, according to a new study. The Conservation Economics Institute report, released this week, said reducing methan ...Read More

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