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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

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PHOTO: A five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling was released Tuesday by the Obama Administration, including North Carolina. Opponents say drilling could put the state’s national heritage at risk. Photo credit: Waldo Jaquith/Flickr

RALEIGH, N.C. - President Obama's proposal to open the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling is drawing opposition from some communities and conservation groups. A five-year draft proposal to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean was released Tuesday, and federal leaders have said it coul ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This illustration is a hypothetical look at Miami's wet future. The possibility has sparked a Miami-Dade County plan to fight climate change. Image courtesy of Florida Center for Environmental Studies.

MIAMI - With more than 1,300 miles of low-lying coastline, Florida sticks out as one of the world's most vulnerable places to climate change and the sea-level rise that's a consequence of rising temperatures. According to a United Nations report last year, southeast Florida has the most to lose beca ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030 ...Read More

PHOTO: The deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill has prompted federal agencies to update their oil-spill preparation and response rules. The EPA is asking the public to weigh in on the proposal. Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Ecology.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input from people in New Mexico and across the nation on a plan it says will improve the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to oil spills. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people and c ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Agricultural and conservation activities on Central Pennsylvania creeks, streams and rivers play a significant role in the overall health of Chesapeake Bay, according to the latest biennial report on the state of the bay. Image courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The condition of Chesapeake Bay is still very fragile, according to a new report just released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This year the bay comes in with an overall score of D-plus, the same grade as the last report in 2012. Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Found ...Read More

PHOTO: Sea turtles are among the many wildlife species affected by damage done to wetlands and estuaries on the Gulf Coast as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

TAMPA, Fla. - How should the windfall of billions be spent that will be available to Gulf states such as Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill? According to a report released today by the National Wildlife Federation, the answer is to get to the heart of the water source. The exact amo ...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: Texas is on the verge of receiving one billion dollars in damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the proper use of those funds is being called vital to the state's future ecology and economy. Photo credit: Stuart Seegar/Flickr.

GALVESTON, Texas - Fines paid by British oil giant BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be flowing into Texas. Dozens of businesses and organizations say the state must focus the windfall on restoring wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. Texas is ...Read More

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