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    PNS Daily News - December 2, 20150 

    Planned Parenthood allies are demanding accountability; President Obama pledges the U.S. will take responsibility on climate change and a New England college is taking action; the conviction of a former high ranking lawmaker could boost reform efforts in New York—and Yoga is helping inmates in North Carolina breathe a bit easier.

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A new study says Arizona could meet EPA carbon reduction goals by speeding up solar and wind power projects already in the planning stages. Credit: Salt River Project

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona needs to take full advantage of the wind and solar resources it already has, says a new study about how the state could meet its carbon-reduction goals for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan by the 2030 deadline. Researchers at the Tucson-based Sonoran ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates say New York may need 85 percent renewable power by 2030 to reach carbon reduction goals. Credit: Mat Fascione/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make getting half the state's electric power from renewable sources by the year 2030 a requirement, but some energy advocates say that's not enough. With the United Nations Climate Change conference beginning next week, the governor is putting the p ...Read More

A plan is pending before the Public Utilities Commission from Efficiency Maine that advocates say will save consumers and businesses an estimated $870 billion in energy costs. Courtesy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - A three-year energy efficiency plan is pending that could save Maine consumers and businesses nearly a billion dollars in energy costs. Former Public Advocate Stephen Ward says the plan, which was adopted last week by Efficiency Maine's Board of Trustees, will help Maine homes an ...Read More

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything ...Read More

Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians live in areas that fail to meet federal safeguards for smog pollution. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board approved a new rule on Tuesday that will reduce smog-causing pollution from most coal-fired power plants, but gave one of the biggest sources a pass. Nitrogen Oxide, or NOx, is particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with h ...Read More

Coal vs. energy efficency and renewables is the topic for discussion at a public meeting in Boise on Thursday night. Credit: eyemark/iStock

BOISE, Idaho - Should Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington build more power plants, or rely more on energy efficiency and renewables? Issues like these will be addressed at a public hearing in Boise tomorrow night on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 7th Regional Power Plan. The pla ...Read More

Local advocates say they will be out in force at the Clean Power Plan hearing in Carson City. They say the plan needs to allocate jobs and other benefits to local communities of color, because they suffer some of the worst consequences of carbon pollution. Courtesy: Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. - There will be plenty of focus on the environment at today's Stakeholder Meeting on the Clean Power Plan, but local advocates say attention also needs to be paid to carbon pollution's impact on communities of color. A.J. Buhay, field organizer with the Progressive Leadership Al ...Read More

Conference attendees will learn about saving the planet through soil this weekend in Billings. Credit: belfasteileen/iStock

BILLINGS, Mont. - Dirt can save the planet and farmers can put the brakes on global warming. Those are the surprising conclusions of the keynote speaker at a conference on soil's role in saving our world this weekend in Billings. The Northern Plains Resource Council's 44th Annual Meeting on Satur ...Read More

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