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Public News Service - ID: Environment

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is being celebrated through online broadcasts over the next three days. (Booker Smith/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Climate activists around the globe are moving their Earth Day plans online, including in Idaho. Earth Day Live Boise is a student-led celebration of the 50th anniversary of the observance. Head organizer Shiva Rajbhandari, a freshman at North Junior High School in Boise, said the st

The South Fork Salmon River in central Idaho is a popular recreation river. (Wendy Jones/American Rivers)

MCCALL, Idaho -- For the third year in a row, the South Fork Salmon River has been named one of the most endangered in the country. That's according the group American Rivers, which has released its list of the country's ten most threatened rivers. For the South Fork Salmon, the threat comes from

Nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 made its way to Idaho for storage. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Experts say there are lessons in the incident, including for Idaho, where waste from the plant eventually ended up. Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook

Removal of energy efficiency standards such as heating insulation could be approved by a state House committee. (Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are considering removing energy standards from building codes. But building industry groups say that would be a mistake that could put Idahoans at risk. Provisions such as heat insulation and water sealing to prevent hazards such as black mold are addressed in ene

Some fishing communities in Idaho rely on salmon to support their local economies. (Nan Palermo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Federal agencies have released a report on management plans in the Columbia River basin to save endangered salmon species, rejecting proposals to remove four lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington. The draft environmental impact statement instead recommends smaller actions,

Salmon and steelhead return numbers on the Snake River have plummeted in recent decades. (Matthew Dillon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Energy companies and conservation groups want to bridge the divide on a contentious issue in the Northwest: the future of four Snake River dams. This week, utilities and environmental groups came together to write an open letter to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washing

The Cenarussa Ranch easement provides more than three miles of access to public lands. (Tess O'Sullivan/TNC)

CAREY, Idaho -- A conservation easement in south-central Idaho is helping protect access to public lands. The easement surrounds the Cenarrusa Ranch, located northeast of the town of Carey, between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument. It will preserve about 7,600 acres

The Bureau of Land Management oversees nearly 12 million acres in Idaho. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Land Management's headquarters has begun its move West this month, but that hasn't ended controversy over the change. The Trump administration says the BLM's move to Grand Junction, Colorado, puts the agency closer to the nearly 250 million acres of public land it over

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