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PHOTO: A new report supports the argument that ending the Energizing Indiana program will cost ratepayers more money in the long run. Photo credit: D. Hester/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Energizing Indiana program expires at the end of the year, but a new report from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission highlights its positive benefits. Overall, according to the report, the combination of programs delivered about $3 in energy savings for every $1 spent by co ...Read More

PHOTO: Fire ants are a non-native species threatening more areas of North Carolina. Scientists say that's due in part to warmer temperatures. Photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - This time of year, it's hard to step out into the yard without getting a bite from a mosquito, fire ant or tick. If you think these pests are becoming more common, it may not be your imagination, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. In North Carolina, war ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of conservation groups wants the EPA to reassess the impact pollution runoff from farming and coal mining has on Kentucky's water and the wildlife that depends on that water. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution. The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Ag ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is creating favorable conditions for bothersome pests in Ohio, including the black-legged deer tick. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans stepping outside to enjoy nature might be noticing more pesky pests. According to a new report, warmer temperatures and more severe weather events spurred by climate change are changing the outdoor experience in Ohio and leading to more annoying insects and plants. "I'm ta ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montana. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watc ...Read More

PHOTO: Sport, commercial and tribal fishermen all have indicated opposition to the idea of a terminal to fill coal barges at the Port of Morrow. This week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a permit request by its developers. Photo credit: visionsofmaine/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in the Columbia River Gorge - but Ambre Energy says it is considering "the full range of options" to move forward with its plans. So are the fishermen who have lined up to fight t ...Read More

PHOTO: Over 500,000 acres of public land in several western states could receive protections from the federal government for the yellow-billed cuckoo, which is also being considered for endangered species designation. Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Arizona and several other western states that the yellow-billed cuckoo bird calls home. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate over 500,000 acres as critical habitat fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups are proposing a ready-to-implement plan called The Mounds Greenway to protect the West Fork of the White River, and leave it as a free-flowing river. Photo courtesy of Heart of the River.

ANDERSON, Ind. - Opponents of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in central Indiana say they have an alternative plan that would save the free-flowing White River and protect surrounding forests and wetlands. The reservoir project would dam the West Fork White River and create a 2,000-acre lake, wh ...Read More

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