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President Donald Trump takes questions from the media before boarding Maine One at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, en route to Camp David in Maryland.

WATCH: How Trump’s Stance on Energy-efficient Appliances is Connected to Nostalgia

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For years, Washington has seen a bipartisan push to change laws, regulations and incentives to make household appliances and goods more energy efficient. In a warming world, many scientists and advocates say even tougher standards should be set. But President Trump is moving to roll back some of those laws, arguing they’ve gone too far…. Read More

A sign promotes a climate activist group in Athens, Ohio

WATCH: Despite Extreme Weather and Surging Activism, 2019 Saw Political Paralysis on Climate

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By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now. The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem. But as Miles O’Brien… Read More

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Rising Waters: Aging Levees, Climate Change And The Challenge To Hold Back The Ohio River

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When 78-year-old Jim Casto looks at the towering floodwalls that line downtown Huntington, West Virginia, he sees a dark history of generations past. The longtime journalist and local historian is short in stature, yet tall in neighborhood tales. On Casto’s hand shines a solid gold ring, signifying his more than 40 years of reporting at… Read More

Volunteers swim in Peachtree Falls after cleaning up trash in the nearby creek.

Two Decades of Resistance: Coal River Mountain Watch Takes Stock at 20


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Coal River Mountain Watch’s history of resistance to mountaintop coal mining is plastered across the wood-paneled walls of the group’s modest office in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Framed photos, many of demonstrators being handcuffed, dot the walls. In the back of the building, a floor-to-ceiling length tapestry depicts the “true cost of coal” as envisioned… Read More

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WATCH 🎥 What Can Be Saved?: Owl vs Owl (Part 2)

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Since 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has killed more than 2,400 Barred Owls in a controversial experiment to stop the Spotted Owls rapid decline. The agency says it’s too early to know if it’s working, but critics say it’s wrong to kill one species to save another, even a threatened one. Watch:  What… Read More

pictures of a Spotted and a Barred owl

WATCH 🎥 What Can Be Saved?: Owl vs Owl (Part 1)

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In a controversial experiment, the U.S. government is killing one owl species to try to save another. The northern spotted owl population has been on the decline in the Pacific Northwest from logging across Washington, Oregon and California. After it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, logging was halted on… Read More

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EPA Proposes Changes to Federal Coal Ash, Wastewater Rules

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Federal environmental regulators released proposed changes to two rules related to the disposal of coal ash and wastewater from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced its third round of changes to its 2015 rule regulating coal ash. Coal ash is one of the largest waste streams in the country and often contains toxic… Read More

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Newspaper: AEP Retains Drilling Rights Under New Ohio Park

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of acres in eastern Ohio the state is buying to promote recreation and conservation may be drilled for oil and natural gas, an Ohio newspaper reported. A draft purchase agreement obtained by The Columbus Dispatch shows American Electric Power will retain subsurface rights to more than 31,000 acres it is selling to… Read More

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No Bidders for Coal Leases Inside Wayne National Forest

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The federal government says it received no bids during a competitive lease sale for coal underneath about 430 acres of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States released the results of last week’s offering on Tuesday. Leases involved seven tracts in Perry and Morgan counties that contain an… Read More

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Justice Adds Exclusion to Ban on Outdoor Burning

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has amended his ban on outdoor burning to add an exclusion that would allow certain fires at federal and state recreation areas. A statement by Justice’s office says that the Monday addition was at the request of officials with the state’s Division of Forestry and Division… Read More

Environmental groups posted signs in Shadyside, OH.

Settlement Reached Over Proposed Ohio Cracker Plant Air Permit

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Environmental groups have reached a settlement agreement with a petrochemical company  in Ohio to beef up air pollution controls at a proposed petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co. have proposed building a multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker plant on a 500-acre tract of land in Belmont County,… Read More

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Federal Biologist: Black Vultures are Invading West Virginia

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up the East Coast. Thomas Elliott is a wildlife biologist and district supervisor with the wildlife services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and… Read More

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Land Trust Purchases 860-Acre Site in West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Land Trust has purchased a site in Tucker County that includes the Moon Rocks hiking and mountain biking area. The Dominion Post reports the trust purchased the 860-acre (348 hectare) site for $800,000 through a fundraising campaign. Officials are calling it the Yellow Creek Preserve after a tributary… Read More

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2 West Virginia Mountain Valley Pipeline Protesters Arrested

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LAWN, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say two people who locked themselves to equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site have been arrested. WOAY-TV reports 22-year-old Andrew J. Saltzberg and 21-year-old Cameron B. Angeiopouus were charged with trespassing on Thursday. The station says the two were protesting the pipeline in Lawn, an unincorporated community in Greenbrier… Read More

W.H. Sammis Coal Plant in Stratton, Ohio.

Advocates Say Climate Change, Children’s Health Issues Intertwine

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A new report from the Ohio Environmental Council and Policy Matters Ohio says climate change has significant negative impacts on children’s health, which they say highlights the urgency to reduce carbon emissions. The report lists climate issues that create potentially hazardous conditions for children, such as lower air quality due to increased heatwaves and torrential… Read More

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Groups Ask NC Regulators to Revoke 2018 Pipeline Permit

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Environmental groups that promote renewable energy want North Carolina regulators to cancel a key state water quality permit issued to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Leaders of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth announced Tuesday their petition with the Department of Environmental Quality asking that the… Read More

Mussel Woman: Biologist Passes Along Pearls Of Wisdom About Threatened Mussels

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Janet Clayton is standing thigh-deep in a back channel of the Elk River. Clad in a wetsuit and knee pads, the silver-haired biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reaches into a bright orange mesh bag submerged in water. Inside are a half dozen mussels she plucked from the rocky river bottom. “This… Read More