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    PNS Daily News - May 27, 20150 

    Today’s news features a variety of topics including: a federal court continues the holding pattern on immigration action; calls to demilitarize the U.S border; and the IRS says criminals tapped into the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers.

Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: The U.S. Forest Service received more than 100,000 initial comments urging the agency to reject a proposal to allow Arch Coal to build roads through roadless sections of Gunnison National Forest. Photo credit: John Fowler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - National and local conservation groups are calling on the U.S. Forest Service to abandon an effort to revive a loophole that would allow the Arch Coal company to expand its underground West Elk coal mine in Colorado. Taylor McKinnon, a campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. Photo credit: "Pipes for Keystone Pipeline in 2009" by shannonpatrick17 from Swanton, Neb., Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The TransCanada pipeline-project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the project say Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of activists from across the U.S. gathered in D.C. in support of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: Bomazi/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Colorado clean-air advocates gathered in the nation's capital this week to urge Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to put the health of children and the planet above polluters. Last year, the EPA announced the first-ever standards to reduce carbon pollution ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent oil spill along the California coast has North Carolina leaders and residents concerned about the potential for renewed offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard. Photo credit: MConnors/Morguefile.

KURE BEACH, N.C. - The cleanup is underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, after an underground pipeline ruptured earlier this week, leaking crude oil over at least four miles of coastline. While North Carolina's beaches are thousands of miles away, the Obama administration recently aut ...Read More

PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against ...Read More

PHOTO: A group of fourth-grade students has made passing a smoke-free law in Middlesboro their civics project. Their City Council votes on it this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. – In Kentucky, local smoke-free laws now cover about a third of the state's nearly 4.5 million people. And it may come as a surprise who is leading the call for a smoke-free ordinance in one town – seven fourth-graders. They are members of the Destination Imagination ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says California is a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to increased reliance on wind power and other forms of renewable energy. Photo credit: pedrojperez/

SACRAMENTO - California leads the world in cutting greenhouse gases at a rate second only to France. That's according to a study, the "California Green Innovation Index," released today by Next 10, a nonprofit focused on climate change and the clean tech economy. The report says for the first time ...Read More

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