PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Report Shows Climate Change Impact on PA Businesses

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

Changing seasonal weather, severe storms, drought and flooding are affecting businesses of all types in the Keystone State. (eric/Adobe Stock)
Changing seasonal weather, severe storms, drought and flooding are affecting businesses of all types in the Keystone State. (eric/Adobe Stock)
October 24, 2019

PITTSBURGH – Companies doing business in Pennsylvania are warning investors that climate change is a threat to productivity and profits.

President Donald Trump attended an event sponsored by the natural gas industry in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, where he celebrated beginning the process of withdrawing the country from the Paris Climate Agreement.

However, methane, the main component of natural gas, is responsible for one-quarter of the greenhouse-gas pollution that leads to climate change, and a new report from the group Business Forward has said that is having a major impact on the Keystone State's economy.

According to Kjerstin Klein, owner of Willi's Ski and Board Shops, it's already affecting her business.

"Over the 50 years that we have been in business," she said, "there is a distinct trend of winters starting later and ending earlier."

The report, featuring 19 of the state's 20 Fortune 500 companies, outlined the effects of climate change on businesses, from agriculture to transportation, as well as on infrastructure.

Klein said small businesses are much more vulnerable to serious consequences from the increasing frequency of severe weather events brought on by climate change.

"If you get a small business, for example, and even something as simple as a lightning storm blows out power," she said, "it's going to hurt a small business far more than it's going to hurt a large business."

The report said Pennsylvania has had $18 billion of weather- and climate-related disasters since 2014.

Scientific evidence overwhelmingly points to human activity as a major factor driving the warming climate, but many people question the cause - or that it's happening at all. Klein said she hopes this report will deliver a clear message that the time to act is now.

"Stop with the denials," she said, "Let's start working on some solutions, because it is having an impact now that is being felt at the individual level."

The report is online at businessfwd.org.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - PA