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The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Drought and warmer temperatures have been linked to an increase in the number and size of wildfires across western states. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The amount of air pollution released by forest fires is three times larger than previous EPA estimates, and particulates can have a long-lasting impact on climate - according to two new studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Greg Huey, a professor at Georgia Tech, says sm

New research shows going solar could turn a profit of as much as several million dollars per life saved from coal-related diseases. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Thousands of Americans die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal, and a new study from Michigan Technological University says transitioning to solar would save more than 50,000 American lives each year. Joshua Pearce, the report's lead author,

Critics of the Regulatory Accountability Act say the bill's true purpose is to thwart consumer protections such as keeping lead out of drinking water. (Getty Images)

AURORA, Co. – A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate is being challenged by business leaders and consumer groups. Proponents say the Regulatory Accountability Act will ensure that health and environmental regulations are transparent and based on the best available science. Critics s

The fate of a rule that requires energy companies to capture gas wasted through leaks, venting and flaring on public land is being decided this week. (haymarketrebel/Flickr)

DENVER - The fate of a new rule aimed at reining in methane-gas pollution will soon be known. The U.S. Senate faces a Thursday deadline to vote on overturning the Bureau of Land Management's methane rule, using the Congressional Review Act. The federal rule is based on Colorado's 2014 rule targetin

National and state-based clean air policies, including reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, are helping improve air quality in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Air quality in Colorado is getting better, according to the American Lung Association's latest report card. Last year, Denver was ranked eighth most ozone-polluted city nationally. Now it’s the 11th. Fort Collins also dropped from tenth to 15th. Dawn Mullally, director of air qua

Health experts say children are especially at risk for developing asthma and other breathing problems exacerbated by air pollution. (Pixabay)

DENVER – President Donald Trump's executive order rolling back climate regulations, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, isn't getting rave reviews from Colorado parents. Jen Clanahan with Colorado Moms Know Best says the plan helped her sleep better at night knowing the air would be gettin

Elected officials from Western states are urging the U.S. Senate to keep BLM rules limiting natural-gas waste. (Pixabay)

DENVER - More than 60 local elected officials from four western states are calling on the U.S. Senate to defend the Bureau of Land Management's natural-gas waste rule adopted last year. The rule directing the oil and gas industry to capture gas lost through leaks, venting and flaring on public land

The U.S. Senate is expected to hear a measure any day now that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management's plans to limit the waste of natural gas on publicly owned lands. (Western Values Project)

DENVER – Any day now, the U.S. Senate could finish the job started in the House when representatives voted to repeal federal rules limiting natural-gas waste on public and tribal lands. According to a new survey conducted by AGC Research, nearly seven-in-ten members of both major parties sup

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