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PHOTO: A new report finds low-income home weatherization in Ohio provides big dividends for households, but is threatened by the current freeze on Ohio's Clean Energy Standards. Photo credit: Dennis Shroeder/NREL.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Besides keeping Ohioans warm on chilly days, a new report from Policy Matters Ohio finds home weatherization saves energy, reduces pollution, and creates jobs. An estimated 300,000 Ohio households spend over 30 percent of their yearly income on home energy bills, which report auth ...Read More

PHOTO: The majority of likely voters in New Mexico support a rule that would reduce the energy waste that happens during oil and gas production on public lands, according to a new survey. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.
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ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. - Sixty-nine percent of likely voters in several oil and gas-rich states, including New Mexico, support a rule that would require oil companies to significantly reduce the amount of natural gas they release or burn off while extracting oil from public lands. Ross Lane, director a ...Read More

PHOTO: As Iowans take care of outside fall chores, a reminder that products labeled as compostable, such containers and cups, are not to be mixed in with yard waste such as leaves and weeds. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the leaves begin to fall and the rakes and shovels emerge from sheds and garages across Iowa, it's a perfect time to clear the confusion around composting. Leslie Irlbeck, program-and-outreach manager with Metro Waste Authority, says it's always good to check on the local sta ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and world. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK - Thousands of people took part in the People's Climate March Sunday in New York City, one of many such demonstrations around the nation and the world. From the staging area at Columbus Circle, the marchers filled Central Park West as far as the eye could see. Stepping off around 1 p.m., ...Read More

PHOTO: California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to institute a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. Advocates say the measure will help the environment and save tax dollars. Photo credit: Heal the Bay.

SAN DIEGO - California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags, following the passage of SB 270 in the state Legislature. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado has an enviable outdoor recreation economy worth about $12 billion annually, but conservationists and outdoor recreation business leaders worry the state's new water plan may reduce river levels and flow. Photo credit: Jeremy Bailey/American Whitewater.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Outdoor business leaders and conservationists are joining forces to urge Colorado to prioritize river-based recreation in the state's upcoming water plan. As the Colorado Water Conservation Board meets Friday to discuss the first statewide water plan, the conservation and ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report digging deeply into public opinion polls shows conservation is a broad concern among America's Latino population and that candidates in upcoming mid-term elections should take note. Photo courtesy Hispanic Access Foundation.
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NEW YORK - While some might think immigration policy dominates the concern of Hispanics in New York and around the nation, a new report shows the environment is high on their agenda. Two groups - Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation - dug deeply into nine recent public opinion polls and ...Read More

PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students across the state returning to school this month, forming friendships and making the team, but also generating a massive amount of trash. Over the next school year it's estimated the average student lunch will generate more than 60 pounds of garbage, says Leslie Holsapple, ...Read More

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