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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montana. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watc ...Read More

PHOTO: Sport, commercial and tribal fishermen all have indicated opposition to the idea of a terminal to fill coal barges at the Port of Morrow. This week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a permit request by its developers. Photo credit: visionsofmaine/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in the Columbia River Gorge - but Ambre Energy says it is considering "the full range of options" to move forward with its plans. So are the fishermen who have lined up to fight t ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is creating favorable conditions for bothersome pests in Ohio, including the black-legged deer tick. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans stepping outside to enjoy nature might be noticing more pesky pests. According to a new report, warmer temperatures and more severe weather events spurred by climate change are changing the outdoor experience in Ohio and leading to more annoying insects and plants. "I'm ta ...Read More

PHOTO: A $3.8 million federal grant is helping researchers at the University of Nevada study how to meet growing demand with a declining water supply. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

RENO, Nev. - Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno will spend the next several years studying how to deal with a limited water supply linked to ongoing climate change. Maureen McCarthy is interim director with the University of Nevada-Reno's Academy for the Environment. She says the universi ...Read More

PHOTO: Luna Willhelm,5, has asthma. Her parents believe it was caused by poor air quality in the environment and the family believes someone should be held responsible. Photo courtesy: Rebecca Cheatham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This year, thousands of children from North Carolina will go to school with an inhaler to treat asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 7-million children nationwide have asthma, which is just over nine-percent of the population. In some cases, ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida Power & Light's voluntary program would fund small solar projects in the state. Florida ranks third in the country for solar potential, but 12th for solar capacity installed. Photo courtesy: Stephanie Carson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state's largest energy provider – Florida Power & Light – got the OK this week to ask customers for a $9 donation to fund solar installations in the state. While the plan, approved by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC), sounds like a step towards ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in ar ...Read More

PHOTO: Many homes aren't suitable for rooftop solar installations, but community solar projects, supported by the state's two largest utilities, could offer a means for more people in Michigan to access solar energy. Photo credit: Jusben/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - The future of solar energy is looking brighter in Michigan. A new report shows the state's two largest utilities both plan to offer community solar programs. Julie Baldwin with the Michigan Public Service Commission's renewable energy division says that would mean Consumers Ener ...Read More

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