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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

Leaders from across the state gathered in Denver to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas, which is how Grand Junction currently fuels 40 city vehicles. (City of Grand Junction)

DENVER - Raw sewage rarely draws a crowd, but former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter joined city leaders from across the state in Denver on Thursday to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas. David Cox, director of operations for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition, said turning waste into ...Read More

Environmental groups urge Missouri leaders to move toward clean energy. (Sierra Club)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri environmentalists call new federal rules from the Environmental Protection Agency a step in the right direction, but feel more needs to happen. Last week the EPA finalized the rules, which are designed to cut methane leaks from new, modified and reconstructed sources. T ...Read More

A Hartford area water plant will produce millions of bottles of water a day. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - A deal allowing a commercial company to bottle and sell water from the Hartford area's public water supply has some residents up in arms. Niagara Bottling plans to draw up to 1.8 million gallons of water a day from the system for sale as bottled water. Valerie Rossetti of the ...Read More

Environmentalists say investing in renewables would save ratepayers money. (Windtech/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Renewables yes, nuclear no, that's the message environmentalists want the Public Service Commission to hear. The public comment period on a proposed Clean Energy Standard ends on June 6. Jessica Azulay, program director with the Alliance for a Green Economy, supports only part of ...Read More

Texas has become the largest producer of wind energy in the nation. (mj0007/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to renewable energy, but the Lone Star State leads the nation in wind power. How a state built on oil and gas has moved to the top of the heap took good planning and knowing which way and where the wind blows. Cyrus ...Read More

Students from two Michigan schools collected nearly 16,000 pounds of fabric to be recycled. (Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan kids today will see their Earth Day efforts come to fruition. The Chatfield School in Lapeer and West Shore Elementary School in Fenton undertook a textile recycling challenge - collecting clothing, curtains and other fabrics to be recycled. Today, students from Chatf ...Read More

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts ...Read More

Cyclists celebrate Bike Month to promote fitness, safety and environmentally-friendly transportation. (DSMBikeCollective.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people. Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. He says throughout the mon ...Read More

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