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Trump Administration's Fracking Plan Ignores Health Threats, Worsens Deadly Ozone in Western Colorado
DENVER, Colorado, April 20 -- WildEarth Guardians issued the following news release:

The Trump administration wants to lease more than 90 square miles of public land for fracking along the western slope of Colorado's Rocky Mountains without any environmental review, even though oil and gas development would worsen deadly ozone pollution in a region already struggling with smog. The Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to release notice of the June 7 auction on Friday.

"Every day brings another horrible proposal from Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to frack our public lands regardless ... Show Full Article

Three Salk Faculty Honored With Endowed Chairs
LA JOLLA, California, April 20 -- The Salk Institute for Biological Studies issued the following news release:

Salk scientists Katherine Jones, Susan Kaech and Gerald Shadel each have been recognized for their contributions and dedication to advancing science through research by being named to endowed chairs at the Institute.

"We are extremely proud of our colleagues and this recognition of their scientific leadership," says Rusty Gage, interim president and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease at Salk. "The generosity of the individuals and groups who ... Show Full Article

National Park Service Partners With Eastern National to Create Passport to Your National Parks Junior Ranger Edition
FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania, April 20 -- Eastern National, a not-for-profit that supports the National Park Service and other public trust partners, issued the following news release:

Kids now have their own version of the popular national park passport book. Designed to complement and encourage participation in national parks' Junior Ranger programs, Passport To Your National Parks(R) Junior Ranger Edition, will be available in time to celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on April 21, 2018, the first day of National Park Week. The book is a collaboration between the National Park Service and ... Show Full Article

Global Partners, Plans Underway for 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- Earth Day Network issued the following news release:

Earth Day Network is finalizing plans to mark Earth Day's 50th Anniversary in 2020 for what Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day, believes will be the most diverse global mobilization in defense of the environment in world history.

Major global players, including multilaterals, faith groups, teachers, universities, museums, science organizations, state governments, mayors, artists, athletes and other vital stakeholders, are streaming into this effort to advance the goals of the 50th Anniversary. Earth Day ... Show Full Article

GREAT AMERICAN READ, New Multi-Platform PBS Series, Reveals List of America's 100 Favorite Novels
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 20 -- PBS issued the following news release:

PBS today unveiled a list of America's 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations and will introduce viewers to the full list of America's 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey ... Show Full Article

Expanding Conditional Approvals in the Animal Drug User Fee Act Is Bad For Public Health
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 20 -- The Arizona Public Interest Research Group issued the following news release:

Pharmaceutical companies that produce drugs for animals are proposing that the Food and Drug Administration expand conditional approvals in the upcoming re-authorization of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA). That would allow drug companies to market antibiotics for use in food animals without proving that the drugs will work. U.S. PIRG delivered a letter signed by health professionals (https://uspirg.org/blogs/usp/health-professionals-call-congress-not-weaken-antibiotics-protections?_ga=2.178419239.2093779177.1524297481-1437188542.1524297481) ... Show Full Article

Compassion, Peace, Justice Training Day Opens in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Presbyterian Church USA issued the following news:

More than 220 Presbyterians have gathered at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., for Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day, which kicks off Ecumenical Advocacy Days. The annual gathering brings Presbyterians together to engage in issues of national and international interest. The theme for this year's event is "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People."

The day began with worship and opening plenary featuring a panel discussion with representatives from four regions ... Show Full Article