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Photo: Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. left, and Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson stand on top of Raleigh's new LEED certified Convention Center. Photo credit: Russ Stephenson

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh is doing something right when it comes to solar power, according to a report released this month by Environment North Carolina that ranks the city 15th in the nation when it comes to installed solar projects per capita. It's an effort backed by both public and private partner ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Tons of drill cuttings from Marcellus natural gas wells are going to municipal landfills in West Virginia, and radioactivity from the waste is leaching into surface water. Map: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tests show that wastewater from gas field landfills contains radioactivity. That is raising concerns about the disposal of Marcellus Shale drill cuttings. Bill Hughes, chair, Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority, said tests on water leaching from the Meadowfill landfill near Bri ...Read More

Cement plants in New York State and around the nation will no longer be able to get off the hook for spewing dangerous pollution and claiming it was a mistake, thanks to a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Photo credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - spew dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a mistake. Seth Johnson represented a num ...Read More

PHOTO: Beaches like Nags Head generate at least $3 billion a year in revenue for North Carolina. Conservation groups are concerned that could change if oil and gas exploration is allowed along the coast. Photo credit: Wikimedia

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. While oil and gas exploration isn't currently permitted off the North Carolina coast that could change. Gov. Pat McCrory promised to push for it in his State of the State a ...Read More

PHOTO: Several electric buses now serving Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. – A few electric buses now being operated in Northern Nevada are expected to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over the next several years. Michael Moreno, public information officer at the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, says his ag ...Read More

Photo: Colorado business men and women would like to see greater protection of places such as Picketwire Canyon in the Comanche National Grassland. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

SALIDA, Colo. - Salida resident and business owner Jerry Mallett has been involved in land conservation for more than 50 years. Now owner of Boathouse Distillery, he continues to count on the protection of Colorado's land and water for his businesses' success. That's why he joined at least 50 other ...Read More

PHOTO: GREENbike is a big hit in Salt Lake City and is among the nation's most successful bicycle share program. Photo courtesy GreenBike SLC Bike Share.

SALT LAKE CITY – A nonprofit organization that offers bicycles to get around downtown Salt Lake City is among the nation's most successful bicycle share programs. Will Becker, program manager of GREENbike SLC Bike Share, says last year more than 26,000 people used about 60 green bikes to take ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm ...Read More

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