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    PNS Weekend Update - Saturday October 3, 20150 

    Today’s rundown highlights several stories including: Americans aboard a missing cargo ship in Hurricane Joaquin’s path; new details in Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college; and the effectiveness of talk therapy found to be overrated.

Climate Change/Air Quality

A new report from Greenpeace outlines how the world can transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. Credit: Dmitry Rukhlenko/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – The world can transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050, according to a new report from Greenpeace. The plan calls for phasing out oil and gas at a rate that matches the depletion of existing fields, and warns exploration for new fields should be seen as hig ...Read More

New York State officials are awarding $175 million to five companies for their renewable energy projects. Credit: Luke Partridge/

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has awarded $175 million to five new, large-scale clean energy projects. Officials say the projects will help New York meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and relying less on fossil fuels. Peter Constantakes with the New Yo ...Read More

Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producing state in the country. Credit: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons.

PITTSBURGH – Proposed rules on methane emissions are a good start, but don't go far enough. That's the message from environmentalists to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In comments to the agency at a public hearing in Pittsburgh today, advocates say the rules as written would not ap ...Read More

More than three quarters of Latino voters support Pope Francis' theology on environmental conservation, according to a new study. Credit: Nico Campo/iStockphoto.

DENVER - One group particularly receptive to Pope Francis during his visit was the Latino community. A recent survey by GreenLatinos and ...Read More

Conservation Fund grants benefit NY forests, beaches and the NYC watershed. Courtesy: The Nature Conservancy

NEW YORK – A federal conservation program that doesn't cost taxpayers a dime may expire on Wednesday if Congress doesn't act to reauthorize it. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been around for 50 years. And according to Jessica Ottney Mahar, director of government relations for The N ...Read More

Pope Francis' remarks before Congress and the White House on climate change and poverty are finding support among grassroots groups in Nevada. Credit: C-SPAN

LAS VEGAS - Pope Francis is in New York today after already expressing concerns during his historic U.S. visit about climate change and poverty. The pontiff's comments are finding support among some grassroots groups in the Silver State. Jane Feldman, energy chair for the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sie ...Read More

Nevada's Drought Summit explored current and future water needs. Credit: Abigail Johnson

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Drought Summit wrapped up Wednesday with a focus on tribes and conservation voices, but other voices were missing, according to Howard Watts, communications specialist with the Great Basin Water Network. Watts says the summit was dominated by big industry, water utilities ...Read More

Pope Francis used a visit to the White House to say climate change is an issue that can't wait. Green groups in New York wonder whether lawmakers at the state and federal level are getting that message. Courtesy: White House Government Photo

NEW YORK - In his first-ever visit to the White House, Pope Francis on Wednesday declared climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations. But some wonder if New York lawmakers are getting the message. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director with Environmental Advocates of ...Read More

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