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PHOTO: Environmental advocates say Missouri should learn from the energy policies implemented in other states to improve its energy efficiency ranking and prepare for a cleaner energy future. Image courtesy of American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The report card is in, and when it comes to taking steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money, Missouri isn't making the grade. The ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts Missouri 44th in the nation, down one spot from las ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia can reach federal carbon pollution reduction goals, according to a new study. Combined pictures of the Mount Storm coal-fired power plant and the Tucker County Mountaineer Wind Farm from the report, taken by Evan Hansen.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia can cut carbon pollution enough to reach federal goals, mostly though increased energy efficiency, according to a new study. James Van Nostrand, associate professor and director from the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law is on ...Read More

PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad ...Read More

PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY - An agreement involving county government and conservationists is in place that would help protect the Green River in northeastern Utah, home to some of the best trout fishing in the country. Charles Card, Northeast Utah backcountry coordinator at Trout Unlimited, says the agreement ...Read More

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli ...Read More

PHOTO: Providing enough land for renewable-energy development in the California desert, while protecting lands that are home to several endangered species, is the goal of a proposal that is open for public comment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The public is invited to comment on a proposed plan that would guide the future of all renewable-energy development on more than $22 million acres of the California desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a joint federal and state effort to identify locations ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups object to Florida Power and Light's request for public funds to fight Clean Water Act regulations, which the utility says will cost consumers millions of dollars. Photo courtesy of Florida Power and Light

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Power and Light (FPL) will appear before the state's Public Service Commission to ask for Florida tax dollars to fund its efforts to fight an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to close existing loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The utility is as ...Read More

PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit ...Read More

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