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NEW YORK – As the nation celebrates Earth Week, New York conservation advocates are applauding a new move by the governor to improve groundwater protection – even during super storms. Marci Bortman, director of conservation programs for the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, ...Read More

PHOTO: The Listening Project team will survey people in Carroll and Columbiana to find out how hydraulic fracturing is impacting their lives. Photo credit: Paul Feezel.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some of those most impacted by the fracking boon in Ohio have a chance to share their stories. Volunteers with the Listening Project are surveying residents of two of the most heavily drilled counties, Columbiana and Carroll, to identify the positive and negative impacts of ...Read More

PHOTO: A closer look at Washoe County's new electric buses is part of the University of Nevada-Reno's Earth Day events on campus this week. Photo courtesy Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. - Earth Week is a chance for the University of Nevada-Reno to show people what the school has been doing to "go green." Sustainability is the focus of educational programs and demonstrations, said Su Hoon Tan, programming coordinator at the University, citing examples of campus and commu ...Read More

PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin reminds people to follow all local laws and regulations regarding open burning to keep Wisconsin's air clean. (Photo by T.J. Morrissey)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - With spring comes an increase in open burning, with bonfires, campfires and burning yard waste. Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, acknowledged that woodburning is a Wisconsin tradition, "but there are righ ...Read More

PHOTO: The 400,000 Marylanders who purchase "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plates, a fundraiser for projects that benefit Chesapeake Bay, are learning this week about new benefits and incentives, including preferred parking. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - "Treasure the Chesapeake" and receive perks. A new "plate perks" program has been unveiled for the 400,000 Marylanders who purchase the special Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. Bay plate owners will receive preferred parking, as well as discounts on goods and services - in a ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite yearly warnings, many parents buy Easter gifts of baby bunnies and chicks for sale in many pet stores and online on sites like Craigslist, but animal advocates caution that when the novelty wears off, there are limited options. Photo credit: Hihih Krulik/Wikipedia

NEW YORK - Every year around Easter, animal experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. Yet parents still give kids live bunnies or baby chicks, often with their feathers dyed in colors. With the right nutrition, housing ...Read More

PHOTO: Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says Earth Day founder and Wisconsinite Gaylord Nelson's ideals are still alive, but there's a lot of work to do. (Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator, founded Earth Day 44 years ago. According to Keith Reopelle, senior policy director of the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, Nelson's ideals are still alive in Wisconsin. "We've done a great job of tha ...Read More

PHOTO: - A petition with more than 6,000 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton today, asking him to implement a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Photo credit: Derek Bakken/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the arrival of Earth Day in Minnesota comes the arrival of a petition on frac sand mining to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, asking him for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. It has more than 6000 signatures, including that of Marilyn Frauen ...Read More

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