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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - NY: Environment

Curbing nutrient pollution has reduced the size and duration of dead zones in Western Long Island Sound. (Barbara Edwards/Pixabay)

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — A two-year study has found that seasonal levels of dissolved oxygen in parts of Long Island's Great South Bay fall too low to support sea life. Nitrogen pollution from septic systems and cesspools is the main culprit. Carl LoBue, New York Oceans Program director with The Na

Transportation is now the leading source of carbon pollution in the Northeast. (Tama66/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany was the scene of the first in a series of public listening sessions to develop a multi-state plan for clean transportation. Transportation now is the leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the Northeast, accounting for about 40 percent of all carbon pollution. Last Nove

Carmakers can get credit toward meeting emission standards by selling more electric cars. (Joenomias/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it intends to weaken Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, but environmental groups say they'll fight back. The standards, finalized in January 2017, require new cars to average 50 miles per gallon by 2025. B

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces contracts for more than 3 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy. (governorandrewcuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The state has taken a major step toward reaching its goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. New York has awarded almost $1.5 billion in contracts for 26 large-scale renewable energy projects across the state. According to Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance f

Transportation and buildings account for almost 80 percent of carbon emissions in the state of New York. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Climate activists delivered a symbolic $7-billion check to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, saying that's what New York stands to gain through a corporate polluter fee. The activists had just attended the Environmental Conservation Committee's budget hearing. According to Dan Sh

Sewage treatment plants are not required to remove pharmaceuticals from the water they treat. (Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A new study has found concentrations of prescription drugs in water throughout a 155-mile stretch of the Hudson River. Researchers tested water samples for 16 different pharmaceutical compounds including antibiotics, cholesterol medication and acetaminophen. According to Andrew Ju

In 2016 alone, National Park Service sites, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, contributed $35 billion to the U.S. economy. (Elisa.rolle/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Members of the New York congressional delegation, New York City lawmakers and conservation groups celebrated President's Day weekend by calling on Congress to fund nearly $1 billion in deferred maintenance at National Park Service sites across the state. Marcia Argust, director of

Whales and dolphins are returning to the Long Island coast as fish populations rebound. (shadowfaxone/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental groups say a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast poses real risks to New York. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds a public hearing on the draft plan in Albany today. The proposal, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, w

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