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Animal-welfare advocates say private, exotic animal ownership poses public safety risks. Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With recent seizures of tigers and bears in Ohio, animal-welfare advocates say state officials are taking exotic-animal care seriously. The state's exotic-animal law went into effect in 2012, one year after dozens of lions, tigers and bears were released by a Zanesville man who th ...Read More

Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Credit: Ecoflight

WILSON, Wyo. - The U.S. Forest Service received a flood of public comment on its controversial plan to cut and burn trees in the Bridger-Teton National Forest - which includes the Palisades Wilderness Study Area - and the response was overwhelmingly negative. The Teton-to-Snake Fuels Management Pro ...Read More

Studies show the waters off Long Island have huge potential for offshore wind power. Credit: Andy Dingley/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Climate activists say the answer to global climate change is blowing in the wind - right off New York's shores. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a four-point plan to fight climate change, but Mark Dunlea, who chairs the Green Education and Legal Fund, said the governor has ove ...Read More

A legal push is underway to force the EPA to close a sizable loophole in the regulation of hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling. Credit: Bill Hughes/Earthworks.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The EPA has largely failed to regulate waste from oil and gas drilling, even though the agency admitted the hazardous nature of the waste decades ago. National and state-based groups are pushing for the agency to at last close the gap. Twenty-seven years ago, the EPA decla ...Read More

Weatherize Nelsonville aims to weatherize 300 homes by the end of 2016. Credit: Marcy Dixon/ COAD

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While it takes a team to build a village, it also takes a team to make that village energy efficient. In southeast Ohio, city leaders, community organizations, utilities and residents are working together to "Weatherize Nelsonville." Many homes in the region are anywhere from 70 to ...Read More

Forest fire. Credit: ellend1022/iStock

PHOENIX - Massive wildfires raged across the western United States this summer, killing people and devastating entire towns. Six new projects announced today are designed to help Arizona avoid that same fate. It's part of the two-day Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy Conference in Scottsdale, attend ...Read More

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year ...Read More

A Muni streetcar along the Embarcadero in San Francisco during the December holiday season. Credit: Luciano Mortula/iStockphoto.

BERKELEY, Calif. – Encouraging Californians to use the state's light-rail systems instead of driving is being promoted as one way to combat climate change. A report out today from UC Berkeley and the nonprofit Next 10 rates transit systems like the Metro in Los Angeles and BART in San Francis ...Read More

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