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PHOTO: This holiday weekend and beyond, state agencies and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals remind pet owners to keep them safe from fireworks and out of hot vehicles. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

DENVER - It's the Fourth of July weekend, and that means picnics, barbecues, and of course, fireworks. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging pet owners to celebrate safely this year. Tina Wismer, a veterinarian with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruel ...Read More

PHOTO: Turtles and many other species suffered in the 2005 BP oil spill. BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday. Florida's share is $3.25 billion. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida conservation groups say the BP settlement announced Thursday is a big step forward giving certainty that the funding will be there to restore the Gulf coast. It comes five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, releasing almost four billion barr ...Read More

GRAPHIC: To help improve the state's air quality, thousands of Utah residents are expected to drive less this month as part of the annual Clear the Air Challenge. Graphic courtesy Salt Lake Chamber.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah residents are being asked to drive less in July as part of the state's annual Clear the Air Challenge, which organizers say has helped stop thousands of tons of emissions from entering the atmosphere. Ryan Evans, vice president of business and community relations with th ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA says it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on some California crops. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice.

FRESNO, Calif. – Environmental and farm workers' groups are cheering this week's announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The EPA banned the use of chlorpyrifos in homes 15 years ago. The agency now acknowle ...Read More

PHOTO: Salmon are already having a hard time in California. Critics of new legislation to fight the drought say it would divert more water to agriculture and threaten fish and wildlife species. Photo credit: Fucilef/morguefile

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Conservation groups say a bill introduced last week by a California Congressman to combat the drought would have devastating consequences for wildlife. House Resolution 2898, known as the "Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015," would allow more water to be pump ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama Administration faces a legal challenge from a coalition of states, including Nevada, over the EPA's update to the Clean Water Rule. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada is among thirteen states suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its updated Clean Water Rule. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, who filed the suit this week, claims the rule amounts to a power grab by the federal government, seeking greater con ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado is poised to play a major role in U.S. efforts to address climate change. According to a new report, the state could cut carbon dioxide pollution that is equivalent to adding 4,800 wind turbines to its energy infrastructure in the next decade. Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - By fully implementing policies already enacted at the local, state, and federal levels, the nation can reduce global-warming pollution by 27 percent below 2005 levels in the next decade. That's the finding of a new report by Environment America and the Frontier Group. Dickey-Lee Hullingho ...Read More

PHOTO: More fuel-efficient cars are helping Florida reduce carbon emissions. A new report says the state is doing well in that regard, compared to most other states. Photo credit: jppi/

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has a big role to play in combating global warming, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Analysts for the nonprofit group Environment America examined the total reductions in carbon pollution projected, by state, for the next ten years. They found the Sun ...Read More

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