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A grim milestone as U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 100,000; and 'housing justice' advocates fear folks who lost their jobs could lose their homes.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - AZ: Climate Change/Air Quality

Because of the ongoing pandemic, most Earth Day events this year will be held online, but organizers plan to stay true to the event's goals of improving the climate, air and water on Planet Earth. (NASA/AdobeStock)<br />

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up this week, but Arizonans and others will not be marking the occasion in the usual way. The pandemic and social distancing have forced most of the events to go online. But organizers say their original intent - to spur people into a

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

Over the past decade, the Arizona Efficiency Standard has provided utility customers with rebates for items such as air conditioner repairs and upgrades, home insulation and smart thermostats. (LisaYoung/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Corporation Commission has received high marks for many of its recent policies benefiting the state's ratepayers. But as the commission, which regulates the state's public utilities, opens a two-day workshop on energy rules this week, the state's Energy Efficiency Standard pro

The Verde River runs 190 miles from Arizona's Chino Valley to the Phoenix metropolitan area, providing drinking water, irrigation and recreation for more than 3 million Arizonans. (JonManjeot/AdobeStock)

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. - Conservationists say a first-of-its-kind report on Arizona's Verde River Watershed provides a clear road map to restoring the iconic stream's ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River - along with other stakeholders - produced the report, which gives the

Auto manufacturers that support a Trump administration plan to relax EPA tailpipe emissions standards could be losing loyal customers, according to a new poll. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Carmakers that support a Trump administration plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency auto-emission standards could be alienating their customers, according to a poll from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Several car companies, including Toyota, are backing a lawsuit to prevent sta

Thousands of students and others plan to participate in a Global Climate Strike this Friday, across Arizona and around the world. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

PEORIA, Ariz. – Young people from across Arizona and around the world will be taking to the streets Friday to take part in a strike to urge cities to take action on climate change. Rallies organized by the Global Climate Strike are expected to draw thousands of students and their adult allie

Wildfires exacerbated by a warming climate often destroy important wildlife habitat, in Arizona and elsewhere in the West. (yelantsevv/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX – From floods to wildfires to deadly heat waves, the effects of climate change identified on a new, interactive map are all too real, in Arizona and across the nation. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation, the map shows where climate change-fueled disasters have made environm

An international group of more than 11,000 scientists are warning political leaders and others that, in their opinion, the earth is in a “climate emergency.” (scottchan/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. – A group of 11,000 international scientists, including about a dozen from Arizona, has endorsed a study which concludes the Earth is in a climate emergency. Published this week in the journal BioScience, the research says greenhouse gas emissions are rising, governments aren't

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