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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2019 


Chants of a different sort greet U.S. Rep. Omar upon her return home to Minnesota. Also on our Friday rundown: A new report says gunshot survivors need more outreach, support. Plus, sharing climate-change perspectives in Charlotte.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah in May 2017. He later recommended its acreage be reduced by 75 percent. (U.S. Dept. of Interior)<br /><br />

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Conservation groups welcome the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying it could take years to reverse the damage to America's public lands during his time in office. President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the former Navy SEAL and U.S. representative fro

Energy efficiency inspections can save ratepayers hundreds of dollars a year on their electric bills. (Kossens/WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are calling for the Arizona Corporation Commission to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs at two of the state's major power utilities. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the programs represent a major benefit fo

Climate scientists and elected officials are looking for way to reduce the

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Government leaders and climate scientists are looking for ways to mitigate temperatures in the Phoenix area's so-called "heat island." Public health officials say more than 150 deaths were attributed to the intense heat this summer, a number that has risen steadily for the p

Arizona utilities only generate about 10 percent of the state's energy with renewable sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – Backers of a defeated ballot measure aimed at significantly increasing renewable energy in Arizona say they'll continue to push for more wind and solar power. The initiative, Proposition 127, failed by a more than 2-to-1 margin Tuesday despite multi-million-dollar campaigns both fo

The city of Phoenix has purchased two Nissan Leafs and two Chevy Bolts through a nationwide program aimed at helping cities buy electric vehicles. (Noya Fields/Flickr)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix has four new electric vehicles in its municipal fleet, and could invest in many more. Phoenix is one of several cities around the country that has committed to combating climate change through the Climate Mayors coalition. In a new initiative, known as the Clima

Hunting, poaching and habitat destruction reduced the world population of California condors to fewer than two dozen by the 1980s. (a2gk3/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Arizonans this month have a chance to join in celebrating an endangered species success story. There were only around 22 California condors left in the world in the 1980s. They're still critically endangered and face a number of environmental and man-made threats. But, thanks

As of 2016, the Navajo Generating Station was the 11th biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Eflon/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Members of the Navajo Nation are in New York City Monday to call attention to the fate of the biggest coal power plant in the West. The Navajo Generating Station in Northern Arizona is set to close next year. But New York investment firm Avenue Capital Group is considering buyi

Arizona has seen the second highest rate of solar power growth in the nation over the past decade. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Renewable energy has grown significantly in the last decade across the U.S., including in Arizona, according to a new report by Environment America. The research and advocacy group says the U.S. has increased use of solar and wind power since 2008, and sales of electric vehicles co

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