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Archive: May 29, 2018

Researchers analyzed carbon dioxide levels in Lookout Creek east of Eugene to study the effects of rising global temperatures. (Theresa Hogue/Oregon State University)

EUGENE, Ore. — Streams and rivers will emit increasing amounts of carbon dioxide as temperatures rise from climate change, according to a new global study. New research finds that just a 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature will result in a 24 percent increase in the greenhouse gas carbon di ...Read More

More than one in 11 children in New Mexico suffer from asthma. (stjhs.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Advocates for cleaner school buses will partner with the state health department to hold an Asthma Fair tonight. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that keeps more kids from attending school than any other illness. That's why the community group, "Juntos: Our Air, Ou ...Read More

Reading proficiency for Iowa students in kindergarten through third grade improved from 63.4 percent in 2017 to 67.6 percent in 2018. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – An "early warning system" that monitors how well Iowa kids are learning to read in kindergarten through third grade is proving successful, according to the Iowa Reading Research Center. Director Deborah Reed says teachers assess reading skills three times a year, so they c ...Read More

Minnesota ranks 19th out of 50 states in providing summer meals for eligible students when school is in recess. (blogs.edweek.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Another school year soon comes to an end in Minnesota, and for the one-in-six kids from families considered "food insecure," that could mean a long, hungry summer if not for the state's Summer Food Service Program. The federally funded nutrition program is open to youth age ...Read More

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is responsible for managing mule deer, but the agency currently does not have a specific policy on the books for protecting the deer's migration corridor. (BLM)

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – Sportsmen and conservation groups are urging federal land managers to hold off on selling oil and gas leases along the longest known mule deer migration route in the U.S. in southwest Wyoming. Dwayne Meadows, executive director the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, says the m ...Read More

Environmental groups say uranium mining near the Grand Canyon could pose a threat to the Colorado River and the communities that rely on it as a water source. (Kat Grigg/Flickr).

PHOENIX – The Department of the Interior recently published its 2018 list of minerals it considers critical to national security and the economy. But environmental groups in Arizona are concerned about one mineral added to the list – uranium. Areas near the Grand Canyon are known to ...Read More

Habitat loss is thought to be one of the biggest factors behind declining desert tortoise populations. (BLM/Flickr)

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has introduced a bill to allow for a new road to be built to accommodate growth near St. George. But environmental groups are concerned the road would encroach on protected habitat for a threatened species. Populations of Mojave desert to ...Read More

While it is unregulated by the EPA, there are concerns about human exposure to the chemical GenX and the fact it does not break down in the environment. (Vinoth Chandar/Flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – This week, North Carolina lawmakers consider identical bills in House and Senate that would change the way the Department of Environmental Quality takes action on pollutants. Instead of its current model of enforcement, the governor would have to issue an administrative or ...Read More

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