Mussel Study Validates Regulation

Enviroment 10/27/18, 00:58

Although well-established and highly active, the deep-drilling natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is just over a decade old. That means that the long-term environmental and public health consequences are not yet fully understood. But a new study by Penn State and Union College researchers, published in the journal Environmental Science ...

10-acre solar farm in Freeborn County gets OK

Enviroment 10/26/18, 22:47

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Freeborn County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved the construction of an approximately 10-acre solar farm north of Hartland near the county line. The farm, expected to provide solar power for at least 25 years, was approved after Freeborn County Environmental Services said it met standards. Construction ...

Attorney General Brad Schimel claims defending Exxon protects Wisconsin

Enviroment 10/26/18, 18:33

Attorney General Brad Schimel says his effort to help Exxon Mobil block a government investigation could help protect Wisconsin from legal liability in case someone ever claims state road building contributed to climate change.But legal experts scoffed at the Republican attorney general’s reasoning that oil company liability for climate change ...

Rash of cougar sightings in downtown Ashland cause alarm

Enviroment 10/26/18, 18:32

A rash of cougar sightings in dAshland is causing alarm, but state wildlife officials say that because the big cats have all been spotted at night and haven't attacked anyone, it's not a public safety concern.The Daily Tidings reports Friday that there have been about six cougar sightings in the ...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

U.S. 10/26/18, 17:20

A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon.An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium companies with grandfathered claims from developing ...

Royals Harry and Meghan dedicate forest reserves in Tonga

Entertainment 10/25/18, 23:10

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga as they continue their trip of the South Pacific.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Prince ...

Hundreds of fish die along Florida’s Space Coast beaches

U.S. 10/25/18, 22:31

Hundreds of fish have washed ashore along Florida's Space Coast beaches, a week after the first signs of a toxic algae outbreak were reported. The dead fish, mostly mullet, were found this week from Melbourne Beach to Satellite Beach on the state's east coast. Florida Today reports that public work crews used ...

Schuette, Whitmer clash in final debate before election

Enviroment 10/24/18, 23:21

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer clashed often Wednesday in their final debate before the election of Michigan's next governor, as he warned against going "backward" with her "extreme" agenda and she blamed his "nasty rhetoric" for contributing to a political environment in which pipe bombs were mailed to ...

Chevron agrees to $160 million upgrade, fines to end probe

California 10/24/18, 19:42

Federal officials say Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay a nearly $3 million fine and spend $160 million on environmental improvements and upgrading oil refineries to resolve allegations the company violated pollution laws.The U.S. Department of Justice announced the agreement Wednesday.The San Ramon, California-based based company agreed to spend $150 ...

Experts talk research at Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Enviroment 10/24/18, 09:11

ANACORTES — Experts from as far away as Rhode Island visited Anacortes on Saturday to share their knowledge of critters and plants that call the region home during the seventh annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy.The academy is a day-long event hosted by the local nonprofit Friends of Skagit Beaches.The event aims ...

E-cigarettes and a new threat: How to dispose of them

Enviroment 10/24/18, 03:32

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Yogi H. Hendlin, University of California, San Francisco (THE CONVERSATION) The two largest global brands of capsule coffee, Nespresso and Keurig, are regarded by many as environmental nightmares. Billions of the throwaway nonrecyclable plastic products currently ...

Next Minnesota governor will face big pipeline decision

Enviroment 10/24/18, 02:30

Both candidates for Minnesota governor say they support a massive northern Minnesota pipeline project that opposed by environmentalists and some American Indians as well as the adminstration of current Gov. Mark Dayton. The next governor, when he takes office in January, will almost immediately face major decisions about the complex, controversial ...

Solar power coming to Dixon Walmart, Sterling Distribution Center

Business 10/23/18, 22:59

DIXON – Solar power soon will be coming to the Dixon Walmart and the Sterling Walmart Distribution Center. Walmart announced an agreement Tuesday with California-based SunPower to install solar energy systems at 19 Walmarts and two distribution centers across Illinois, with construction slated for the first half of the new year. The ...

Three arrested for illegally hunting deer; used flashlights

Enviroment 10/23/18, 22:16

Three men have been arrested in connection with illegal deer hunting in Roxbury on Monday. The arrests were made by State Environmental Conservation Police (with the assistance of Woodbury Police and the Connecticut State Police Troop L. State EnCon Police and Woodbury Police have received numerous complaints of illegal deer hunting after ...

EPA proposes scaling back cleanup of Portland Harbor

Enviroment 10/23/18, 09:45

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to scale back the scope and cost of a planned $1 billion cleanup of a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of Oregon's Willamette River as it winds through Portland's industrial area.Five years of research shows one contaminant in the Portland Harbor is less toxic than ...

Candidates present clear-cut choices on environmental issues

Enviroment 10/22/18, 08:17

Candidates for Wisconsin governor and attorney general are offering voters clear-cut choices about the state’s role in protecting natural resources and reducing the threat of climate change.Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been at the center of an ambitious eight-year culling of environmental regulations long disparaged by businesses, while Republican Attorney ...

OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials

Enviroment 10/22/18, 05:21

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that the world's consumption of raw materials will rise sharply, putting greater pressure on the environment.The Paris-based think tank said Monday that with a growing global population and rising living standards, the amount of raw materials used each year will increase ...

Cantwell, Hutchison meet in second Washington Senate debate

Politics 10/20/18, 16:56

Candidates in Washington's U.S. senate race clashed Saturday over policies on the environment, trade and tariffs, immigration and health care. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Susan Hutchison held their second debate in Spokane and touched on many of the themes they struck in their first debate Oct. 8 ...

US tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial

U.S. 10/19/18, 17:02

The U.S. government is trying again to stop a high-profile climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate.Justice Department lawyers on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss ...

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