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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.


Drought is one of North Carolina's vulnerabilities when it comes to climate change, according to a recent report. Credit: inkogutto/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue. The report, States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of " ...Read More

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay may be threatened by climate change. Credit: Krystle Chick/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Climate change may be a threat to one holiday favorite – oyster dressing. According to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation, oyster reefs are on the front lines for damage from global climate change. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster expert and senior scient ...Read More

The U.S. Navy is rethinking its exercises that could harm marine mammals. Credit: Daniel Du Toit/ Wikimedia Commons

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The U.S. Navy is analyzing the harm its sonar exercises do to whales, dolphins and sea turtles and may modify its training exercises accordingly. Late last week, the Navy announced it's ordering a new environmental impact statement for training from late 2018 to 2023. The publi ...Read More

Groups say Asian carp are approaching the doorsteps of Lake Michigan. Credit: USFWS/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. – As Asian carp edge closer to Lake Michigan, some environmental groups say the clock is ticking on a solution to keep the fish out. The invasive species has been moving north in the Mississippi River Basin and two were recently discovered in the Illinois River about 12 miles ...Read More

An offshore wind farm has been proposed for the same area as the Port Ambrose Project.  Credit: Politikaner/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – More than 20 environmental and civic groups have delivered a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to veto the Port Ambrose project. Following four days of public hearings last week, the governor has until Dec. 21 to stop the offshore liquefied natural gas facility proposed for 20 ...Read More

Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., a coal-fired power plant. Credit: EX3N/iStock

PHOENIX - Climate change groups are speaking out against Arizona's participation in a lawsuit to block the "carbon rule" section of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. On Friday, Arizona joined 23 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency saying its plan to force states to cut car ...Read More

Studies show the waters off Long Island have huge potential for offshore wind power. Credit: Andy Dingley/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Climate activists say the answer to global climate change is blowing in the wind - right off New York's shores. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a four-point plan to fight climate change, but Mark Dunlea, who chairs the Green Education and Legal Fund, said the governor has ove ...Read More

Hundreds of cyclists of all skill levels will ride on Saturday to raise money for the North Carolina Coastal Federation's ongoing restoration and education projects. Courtesy: Sam Bland/N.C. Coastal Federation.

NEWPORT, N.C. – The summer beach season may be winding down along North Carolina's coast, but the work to maintain the health of the shoreline continues year round. Doctor Lexia Weaver is a coastal scientist with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, one of the groups working to restore wetl ...Read More

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