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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

PHOTO: While it's hard not to let the children tear into the wrapping paper, experts say saving it for another use, or recycling it where possible, is just one way to reduce the impact of the holiday on the environment. Photo credit: earl53/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - While many Michiganders are still hoping for a white Christmas, others would prefer folks keep it as "green" as possible by taking steps to reduce the holiday's impact on the environment. Kerrin O'Brien, executive director with the Michigan Recycling Coalition says no one wants thei ...Read More

PHOTO: Mounds of coal ash are seen at a disposal site in Jefferson County, located near a residential area. Environmental and public health groups are anticipating first-ever EPA restrictions that classify coal ash as a hazardous substance. Photo credit: Thomas Pearce.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Federal rules about the storage and disposal of coal ash are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency this week. Kentucky is "in the center of the storm" about public health risks caused by coal ash, a toxic byproduct created when coal-fired power plants generate electric ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds the amount of gas drilled on federal leases in North Dakota that's royalty-free, consumed or flared by operators, is equal to more than 40 percent of the total volume sold. Photo credit: Merlin/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The state's natural gas and oil boom is bringing in the dollars, but a new report says North Dakota and the nation are missing out on millions due to decades-old rules for drilling on federal lands. Ryan Alexander, president with Taxpayers for Common Sense, says their study found $3 ...Read More

PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: oatsy40/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for Metro Waste Authority, says the best way to cut down on the ga ...Read More

Photo: A report from Taxpayers for Common Sense estimates that Colorado has lost millions in royalties because of the production practice of flaring or venting natural gas. Photo credit: Creative Commons, Flickr.com
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BUENA VISTA, Colo. - Colorado land is rich in fossil fuels and a new report finds that millions of dollars of that resource is being either wasted or given away to oil and gas companies. Taxpayers for Common Sense found that the amount of natural gas companies are allowed to burn or vent is costing ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Maine voters. Photo credit: pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected office holders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned ...Read More

PHOTO: As some churches around Ohio make steps to become energy efficient, First Presbyterian Church of Athens has received an EPA award for its efforts. Photo courtesy of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - "Going green" is a matter of faith for some houses of worship in Ohio. They are implementing measures that save money and help the environment. At First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Pastor Rob Martin says addressing greenhouses gases that lead to climate change seems like an overw ...Read More

PHOTO: Polling shows a majority of Minnesotans want funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure included when lawmakers consider a transportation package in the 2015 Legislature.  Photo credit: Kristin Nador/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new two-year budget will be at the top of the agenda when Minnesota lawmakers reconvene in a few months, but another key target for the session will be transportation. Legislation to be introduced in 2015 will focus on improving the state's crumbling roads and aging bridges. E ...Read More

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