Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.

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The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

The United States is joining an international effort to blunt the climate crisis by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, which will increase stress on power grids. (Adobe Stock)
The United States is joining an international effort to blunt the climate crisis by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, which will increase stress on power grids. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
The nation is beefing up its power grids for the transition to fueling everything from cars to home cooling systems with electricity, and addressing …

The SunZia Transmission wind project will be located in Torrance, Lincoln and San Miguel counties in New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Pattern Energy)
The SunZia Transmission wind project will be located in Torrance, Lincoln and San Miguel counties in New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Pattern Energy)

The Arizona Corporation Commission has unanimously voted development of the massive SunZia Transmission Wind Project can continue. The commission …

Kentucky's energy rates jumped by more than 16% between June 2021 and July 2022, according to data released by Vault Electricity. (Adobe Stock)
Kentucky's energy rates jumped by more than 16% between June 2021 and July 2022, according to data released by Vault Electricity. (Adobe Stock)

One out of six American families is behind on their utility bills, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. Part of the …

As of 2017, the United States had 48,697 producers who identified as Black, either alone or in combination with another race. They accounted for 1.4% of the country's 3.4 million producers, according to the USDA. (Adobe Stock)<br />
As of 2017, the United States had 48,697 producers who identified as Black, either alone or in combination with another race. They accounted for 1.4% of the country's 3.4 million producers, according to the USDA. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Black farmers in Kentucky said they have benefited from participating in Farms to Food Banks, an agricultural program funneling leftover produce from …

More than 85% of Iowa's land is farmland. (Stock/Adobe Stock)
More than 85% of Iowa's land is farmland. (Stock/Adobe Stock)

Rural advocacy groups in Iowa have released their priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill, which is already being discussed in Washington, D.C. The Center …

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overall cattle inventory is down 2% in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overall cattle inventory is down 2% in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

Thirteen livestock producers in Iowa are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep meat and money closer to home. The dollars …

Kelsey Scott, left, operates DX Beef in South Dakota. Scott is a fourth-generation Native American farmer who practices regenerative agriculture. (Photo courtesy of SJN)
Kelsey Scott, left, operates DX Beef in South Dakota. Scott is a fourth-generation Native American farmer who practices regenerative agriculture. (Photo courtesy of SJN)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

The Silver Creek Preserve is located about 30 miles south of Ketchum, Ida. (Neil Crescenti/The Nature Conservancy)
The Silver Creek Preserve is located about 30 miles south of Ketchum, Ida. (Neil Crescenti/The Nature Conservancy)

A farm in Idaho has received the first-ever "trout-safe" certification from an organization that protects habitat for the fish. The Nature …

The Farm Bill is a five-year spending measure that addresses the agriculture industry, food systems, nutrition programs and more. (Mike/Flickr)
The Farm Bill is a five-year spending measure that addresses the agriculture industry, food systems, nutrition programs and more. (Mike/Flickr)

Congress must pass a 2023 Farm Bill before the end of the year, a measure which not only impacts farming but also what's on our plates. The Ohio …

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A new report on the cost of water bills estimates that 6.7% of Michigan consumers, or 668,000 residents, pay more for water than they can afford.  (motiontion/Adobe Stock)
A new report on the cost of water bills estimates that 6.7% of Michigan consumers, or 668,000 residents, pay more for water than they can afford. (motiontion/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…

Hydraulic fracturing relies on water supplies from ponds, streams and reservoirs, which research suggests can impact water flow. (Ohio Northern University)
Hydraulic fracturing relies on water supplies from ponds, streams and reservoirs, which research suggests can impact water flow. (Ohio Northern University)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …

Officials at the state's Department of Natural Resources say last year's drought in Minnesota was likely the worst one seen since 1988. (Adobe Stock)
Officials at the state's Department of Natural Resources say last year's drought in Minnesota was likely the worst one seen since 1988. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …

New York State has allocated $50 million for the Empire Building Challenge, which will create climate-friendly buildings throughout in New York State. (Adobe Stock)
New York State has allocated $50 million for the Empire Building Challenge, which will create climate-friendly buildings throughout in New York State. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
By Phil Roberts for Next City.Broadcast version by Edwin J. Viera for New York News Connection reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public …

Children living near refineries, highways and other sources of air pollution are disproportionately at risk of developing respiratory illness. (Adobe Stock)
Children living near refineries, highways and other sources of air pollution are disproportionately at risk of developing respiratory illness. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
A successful program that helps low-income households weatherize homes and lower energy bills is setting its sights on improving the health outcomes o…

Around 56% of those <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2022/04/22/for-earth-day-key-facts-about-americans-views-of-climate-change-and-renewable-energy/" target="_blank">surveyed</a> by Pew Research view climate-change policies as good for the environment. However, Americans are split on whether those policies help or harm the U.S. economy. (Adobe Stock)
Around 56% of those surveyed by Pew Research view climate-change policies as good for the environment. However, Americans are split on whether those policies help or harm the U.S. economy. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
This story is based on original reporting by Elizabeth McGowan for Energy News Network, and is part of the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News …

The deer population in Iowa is estimated to number at least 445,000. (Adobe Stock)
The deer population in Iowa is estimated to number at least 445,000. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Wildlife biologists are warning Iowa hunters to have their deer tested for a deadly condition known to attack the animal's brain. Chronic Wasting …

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, only about 500 adult American Burying Beetles remain in South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, only about 500 adult American Burying Beetles remain in South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, November 28, 2022
Wildlife advocates want more species to have the same shot at the type of recovery wild turkeys experienced. The game birds were once hunted to near-…

Biologists say there is ample natural winter range for Wyoming's elk populations without continued use of controversial winter feedgrounds. (Adobe Stock)
Biologists say there is ample natural winter range for Wyoming's elk populations without continued use of controversial winter feedgrounds. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, November 28, 2022
After receiving input from stakeholders earlier this year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has released a list of priorities guiding its initial …

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An estimated 64,875 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2020, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Adobe Stock)
An estimated 64,875 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2020, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nebraska has had a number of deadly and destructive fires this year, and nearly half the state remains in extreme or exceptional drought. If it is as …

According to the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Staircase-Escalante spans across 1.87 million acres of America's public lands in Southern Utah. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Staircase-Escalante spans across 1.87 million acres of America's public lands in Southern Utah. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Conservation groups are pushing to keep federal protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. Boundaries of …

More than 6 million people rely on the Upper Rio Grande River for water, food, and shelter. (rgbrt.org)
More than 6 million people rely on the Upper Rio Grande River for water, food, and shelter. (rgbrt.org)

Monday, November 28, 2022
To help people better understand the health of the Upper Rio Grande Basin, a first-ever "report card" gave the overall river basin a "C" for its …

Construction of the Little Goose Dam in eastern Washington began in 1963 and was completed in 1970. (Brigida I. Sanchez/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Construction of the Little Goose Dam in eastern Washington began in 1963 and was completed in 1970. (Brigida I. Sanchez/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Monday, November 28, 2022
Four dams on the lower Snake River have been the sites of contention in the Northwest, and a recent report of an oil spill at one of the dams could …

The Nez Perce Tribe finds spring chinook salmon on the Snake River are unlikely to recover without substantial intervention. (Hanjo/Adobe Stock)
The Nez Perce Tribe finds spring chinook salmon on the Snake River are unlikely to recover without substantial intervention. (Hanjo/Adobe Stock)

An announcement from Washington state leaders on the future of the lower Snake River dams contained both good and bad news for groups defending native…

Some rural communities in Idaho rely on tourists visiting to fish for salmon. (Parilov/Adobe Stock)
Some rural communities in Idaho rely on tourists visiting to fish for salmon. (Parilov/Adobe Stock)

Salmon-season restrictions on the Columbia River are prompting regionwide discussions on what can be done to save the fish in the Northwest. Bob …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)<br />
The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)

Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

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Wild turkeys are among the many Nebraska species that would benefit from Recovering America's Wildlife Act funds. (Adobe Stock)
Wild turkeys are among the many Nebraska species that would benefit from Recovering America's Wildlife Act funds. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska naturalists and hunters are accustomed to seeing an abundance of wild turkeys, but it has not always been the case. Conservation programs …

The River Democracy Act would double the number of river miles currently protected as Wild and Scenic. (Jeffrey Schwartz/Adobe Stock)
The River Democracy Act would double the number of river miles currently protected as Wild and Scenic. (Jeffrey Schwartz/Adobe Stock)

Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …

Backers of the Public Lands Act said it would improve public access to nature for millions living in densely populated areas of Los Angeles. (Daxiao Productions/Adobe Stock)
Backers of the Public Lands Act said it would improve public access to nature for millions living in densely populated areas of Los Angeles. (Daxiao Productions/Adobe Stock)

California is number one in the country for dollars spent on camping, hiking, climbing, and biking, according to the latest federal data. The most …

Economists say state and local governments account for a substantially higher share of economic output than the federal government. (Adobe Stock)
Economists say state and local governments account for a substantially higher share of economic output than the federal government. (Adobe Stock)

Over the weekend, a conference featuring thousands of local government leaders from around the U.S. wrapped up. A Minnesota mayor was in attendance …

Earlier this year, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed Senate Bill 4, giving the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection the authority to expand public and private use of electric vehicles. (Adobe Stock)
Earlier this year, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed Senate Bill 4, giving the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection the authority to expand public and private use of electric vehicles. (Adobe Stock)

Connecticut school districts and bus companies will be receiving more than $8 million in federal funding for electric school buses. The grant is …

The Maine Office of Tourism says the state experienced a 29 percent increase in tourism-related visitation in 2021 over 2020, with an estimated 15.6 million visitors. (Adobe Stock)
The Maine Office of Tourism says the state experienced a 29 percent increase in tourism-related visitation in 2021 over 2020, with an estimated 15.6 million visitors. (Adobe Stock)

Visitors and residents of Maine count on the New England 511 website for real-time road and weather conditions, and a recent makeover could help even …

While some animals, such as rodents, are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act when it comes to research, others are, including primates. (Adobe Stock)
While some animals, such as rodents, are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act when it comes to research, others are, including primates. (Adobe Stock)

The University of Wisconsin won a recent legal battle tied to accusations of animal abuse within its research facilities. Activists hope that doesn't …

The opossums of North America have a short lifespan - only about a year and a half. (cherwoman730/Adobe Stock)
The opossums of North America have a short lifespan - only about a year and a half. (cherwoman730/Adobe Stock)

The opossum has become a popular part of the internet, with memes dedicated to the funny-looking animal across the web. In the wild, an Idaho …

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Land Management, the majority of wild horses in the U.S. are found in Nevada, followed by California and Wyoming. (Adobe Stock)
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Land Management, the majority of wild horses in the U.S. are found in Nevada, followed by California and Wyoming. (Adobe Stock)

At least 16 wild horses have been shot dead in Utah's rural San Juan County since the beginning of the year, and one group working to protect them …

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Officials in Scottsdale, Arizona say for every square foot of grass removed and replaced with native desert plants, the city saves 57 gallons of water. (Katy/Adobe Stock)
Officials in Scottsdale, Arizona say for every square foot of grass removed and replaced with native desert plants, the city saves 57 gallons of water. (Katy/Adobe Stock)

Starting this week, the state is taking applications for a program to pay up to $1 dollar a square foot of turf to replace water-guzzling grass with …

A bill to phase out plastic packaging has passed several committees and is expected to go to the full California State Assembly for a vote by Friday. (Oceana)
A bill to phase out plastic packaging has passed several committees and is expected to go to the full California State Assembly for a vote by Friday. (Oceana)

The California State Assembly is expected to vote this week on a bill that would phase out some of the plastics used in online shipping because they …

Companies like Vestas have established a goal of zero-waste wind turbines by the year 2040. (Adobe Stock)
Companies like Vestas have established a goal of zero-waste wind turbines by the year 2040. (Adobe Stock)

This Earth Day, Americans will be reminded of the need to take steps to protect the environment. Wind turbines are a leading clean-energy source…

Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)

The U.S. is talking with several nations as part of an emerging framework for trade policy. But in the Midwest, there are concerns about the ripple …

Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)
Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)

The U.S. is talking with several nations as part of an emerging framework for trade policy, and in the Midwest, there are concerns about the ripple …

Many oil and gas well "orphans" are created when producers sell off leases through layers of limited liability corporations that can declare bankruptcy and walk away. (Adobe Stock)
Many oil and gas well "orphans" are created when producers sell off leases through layers of limited liability corporations that can declare bankruptcy and walk away. (Adobe Stock)

President Joe Biden's bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to Wyoming to clean up and plug so-cal…

The Hanford Nuclear Site was home to the world's first plutonium production reactor. (U.S. Department of Energy)
The Hanford Nuclear Site was home to the world's first plutonium production reactor. (U.S. Department of Energy)

The Hanford Nuclear Site on the Columbia River in central Washington has left a complex legacy for the region. An interactive story map imagines …

NuScale Power plans to build six reactor modules west of Idaho Falls to generate 462 megawatts of electricity. (Oregon State University/Wikimedia Commons)
NuScale Power plans to build six reactor modules west of Idaho Falls to generate 462 megawatts of electricity. (Oregon State University/Wikimedia Commons)

New, smaller designs for nuclear reactors have been touted as vital for the clean energy future, but new research found they could generate more …

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Kelp-restoration efforts to remove purple urchins are under way or are planned for locations near Fort Bragg, Monterey and Big Sur, as well as in Oregon. (Kevin Joe)
Kelp-restoration efforts to remove purple urchins are under way or are planned for locations near Fort Bragg, Monterey and Big Sur, as well as in Oregon. (Kevin Joe)

Small sections of the kelp forests off the Mendocino coast are starting to recover with improved environmental conditions, thanks to a conservation …

A short-finned pilot whale is entangled in a drift gillnet. (NOAA, courtesy of Oceana)
A short-finned pilot whale is entangled in a drift gillnet. (NOAA, courtesy of Oceana)

Marine-conservation groups are celebrating after the U.S. House passed the America COMPETES Act on Friday. The bill primarily boosts semiconductor …

Dr. Matt Costa from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and intern Austin Lupo with WILDCOAST, collect soil samples at Brigantine Basin in Del Mar, Calif., to measure the stored carbon. (WILDCOAST)
Dr. Matt Costa from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and intern Austin Lupo with WILDCOAST, collect soil samples at Brigantine Basin in Del Mar, Calif., to measure the stored carbon. (WILDCOAST)

SAN DIEGUITO LAGOO, Calif. - Coastal protection groups are pressing California to prioritize so-called "blue carbon" ecosystems in the fight against …

 

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