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South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of Ohioans are in Pittsburgh this week to testify at EPA public hearings on the agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: A. Shazly/Flickr Creative Commons.

CLEVELAND - Buses are leaving from Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Akron as dozens of Ohioans travel east to Pittsburgh to speak out on the importance of cleaner air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings in Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday on its proposed rules to reduce c ...Read More

PHOTO: Part of the popular Mount Defiance trail system is within the current boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and part is in a proposal to expand it. That legislation emerged from a House committee this week. Photo credit: Charlie Raines.

SEATTLE - Legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area near Snoqualmie Pass has been inching its way through Congress for about seven years, but there was good and bad news for Alpine Lakes fans and supporters on Wednesday. The bill (HR 361) was approved with a group of other public lands ...Read More

PHOTO: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has killed millions of baby pigs in 30 states, but the Wisconsin State Veterinarian says PED has hit other pork-producing states much harder than Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Univ. of Illinois)

MADISON, Wis. - Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been hitting pork producers all across the nation for a little more than a year. Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is on the federal committee which has developed a vaccine for PED, which he called a devastating virus. "It will kill nea ...Read More

PHOTO: A hidden-camera investigation by the Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, shows a goat being grabbed by the neck at the Ontario Livestock Sales auction house in 2012. The auction house owner has pleaded no contest to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws. Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law. Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped wor ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Missourians agree that the state's roads and highways could use some work, not everyone thinks a sales tax hike to fund road repairs is the best way to drive the state forward. Photo credit: Enapov/morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide next week whether to pass the largest sales-tax increase in the state's history to fund road projects, but some environmental advocates feel the proposal is a dead-end street. Chloe Ames, a Washington University student and Sierra Club intern, relies on publi ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation sponsored by Senator Jon Tester that would make it easier for energy companies to lease public lands for renewable energy projects will receive hearings in both the U.S. House and Senate Tuesday. Photo credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

MISSOULA, Mont. - A month ago, backers of legislation designed to make it easier for wind and solar energy companies to lease public land for projects were worried the bills wouldn't receive hearings any time soon. But the proposals are on the calendar Tuesday before committees in both the Senate an ...Read More

The EPA holds public hearings this week on proposed carbon emission standards. Advocates say there could be significant health benefits for the one in 10 New England residents who cope with asthma. Photo credit: Wknight94 / Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings this week on the proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Supporters of the new regulations say they could save thousands of lives each year. Sharo ...Read More

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