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    PNS Daily News - August 28, 20150 


    Today’s rundown highlights issues from around the nation including: a new clean water rule blocked; with tax dollars up in flames the feds look to limit gas flaring; a decision could open the door to fast-food unions; and groups are fired up over Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Climate Change/Air Quality

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s ...Read More

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge ...Read More

Ten years after Katrina, work still needs to be done to protect Florida from another hurricane. Credit: artboymb/iStock

AVENTURA, Fl. - Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina killed 14 people in Florida and an additional 1,800 in the other Gulf states. It remains the deadliest and most damaging hurricane in United States history. So, environmental advocates are assessing the progress made and the work still to ...Read More

PHOTO: Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps members planting trees. The corps class of 2016 is being announced today. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Trust.

EDGEWATER, Md. – It's a tough job, but one so popular it's been expanded every year since 2010. Forty-one young men and woman ages 18 to 25 make up the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps class of 2016, being introduced today. The class will spend a year working on projects benefiting the Chesa ...Read More

PHOTO: Threats are swirling over accepting nuclear waste for research at the Idaho National Laboratory. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – A nuclear waste showdown between Idaho and the Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a new level. The DOE has informed the state that if it does not accept a small amount of spent fuel from two commercial plants soon, it will be sent somewhere for research – and that res ...Read More

New research finds that North Dakota schools are not making the grade when it comes to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for kids with asthma or allergies. Credit: AskinTulayOver.

BISMARCK, N.D. – As students across North Dakota try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies. A study from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amer ...Read More

A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is stressing the nation's waterways and causing hot spots in Granite State rivers, brooks and streams that are too warm for fish such as eastern brook trout to survive. Photo credit: Eric Orff

CONCORD, N.H. - "Wildlife in Hot Water" is the headline of a new report on the nation's waterways and local experts say the warming of New Hampshire's rivers and streams is bad news for native brook trout. Tom Ives is the New Hampshire council chair for Trout Unlimited and says Eastern Brook Trou ...Read More

The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell by as much as 3.5% last year and looks likely to continue falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its nortoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percent ...Read More

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