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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - WI: Climate Change/Air Quality

Warmer Wisconsin summers are bringing more blue-green algae blooms, and shorter winters are affecting fish populations in Northern Wisconsin. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participate this week in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest. Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, will moderate a panel of

Clean-air standards in Wisconsin would be severely compromised by a pair of bills circulating in the state legislature, according to a conservation group. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - A pair of bills dealing with air quality are circulating in the state Legislature, and a conservation group opposes both. According to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, the first of the two, LRB 4288/1, strikes down all state standards for determining what is and what isn

A Wisconsin businesswoman says the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a step backward in developing clean energy. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Solar jobs are growing at 17 times the rate of the overall U.S. economy, and the job of wind service technician is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. In light of that, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement was the wrong thing to do, according to B

A Wisconsin environmentalist says threats to the Earth's environment have increased dramatically. (mspoli/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Events are planned in dozens of communities across Wisconsin on Saturday for the annual observation of Earth Day. Although it is a national observance, Earth Day was founded in Wisconsin 47 years ago by Sen. Gaylord Nelson. This year, the stakes are higher than ever, say environment

High-capacity wells are causing lakes and streams in Wisconsin to dry up. (TT/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Opponents of a legislative move (HB 105 and SB 76) to drop a provision that would have strengthened protections for Wisconsin's groundwater say it will pave the way for even more high-capacity wells. Some of these wells draw 100,000 gallons a day from aquifers to provide wate

The American Lung Association says climate change makes heat waves more frequent, and heat waves mean more bad air days. (Henry Bleeker/iSotckPhoto.com)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — The current heat wave could directly impact more than a million Wisconsinites who have lung diseases. The high ozone levels can feel like a sunburn in your lungs, said Dona Wininsky, director of tobacco control at the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. And she said in a

Urban heat islands, such as the city of Madison, affect the growing season and wildlife, according to a new University of Wisconsin study. (UW-William Graf)

MADISON, Wis. -- Urban-dwelling plants typically get a head start on the growing season compared with their rural counterparts because of the urban heat-island effect, which causes cities to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. According to researcher Samuel Zipper of the University of Wisco

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin has information that will help pay for asthma medications. (MayerKleinosthein, iStockPhoto.com)

WEST BEND, Wis. – Asthma is a chronic lung disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled. In Wisconsin, one in ten adults and one in thirteen children have asthma. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and Kristen Grimes, who manages the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, recommends that all asthm

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