PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Global Warming Puts OR Hunting, Fishing, Hiking in Jeopardy

November 19, 2007

Portland, OR – Many Oregonians will use the long Thanksgiving weekend to head outdoors for hiking, elk hunting, and late fall fishing. But these favorite pastimes in the state that may be endangered in future years because of global warming. Outdoor enthusiasts are backing two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives that propose to cut global warming pollution by two percent a year and encourage clean energy production.

Nic Callero, of the National Wildlife Federation, says a growing number of Oregon hunters, anglers, and nature fans agree it will take federal action to combat climate change.

"When you start talking about climate change and global warming affecting the one thing they are all most passionate about, they're willing to work toward a solution. A lot of these forecasts and these things we're seeing on the ground are directly impacting the survival rate of fish and animals."

The "Safe Climate Act" and the "Climate Stewardship Act" are cosponsored by Representatives Blumenauer, DeFazio and Wu; Representatives Hooley and Walden have yet to sign on. Doug Howell, also with the National Wildlife Federation, says the lower snowpack that's predicted will affect water flow for fish, agriculture and hydropower.

"Oregonians know how severe climate impacts are going to be -- I think they know more than most parts of the country that these are significant -- and so, everybody really wants action."

The bills could get extra attention as a result of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This weekend, this international group of experts predicted one billion people will face food and water shortages by the middle of the century, unless world and local communities take action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help control climate change.

Dondrea Warner/John Robinson, Public News Service - OR