PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 

Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  

The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - AZ: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: Summer heat has always been part of the Grand Canyon experience, but the National Park Service says the impact of climate change is being felt around the park system and is taking steps to deal with its effects on wildlife and park visitors. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

PHOENIX – The U.S. National Park Service says it's making plans to prepare and react to the effects of climate change at the Grand Canyon and in all national parks. Nicholas Fisichelli, an ecologist with the National Park Service, co-authored a recent study that shows that the Grand Canyon a

PHOTO: Arizonans probably don't want summers to get 10 degrees hotter, but that's what will happen if climate change isn't dealt with in a meaningful way, according to the nonprofit environmental, information organization Climate Central. Photo courtesy of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

PHOENIX – The nonprofit environmental, information organization Climate Central is projecting that Arizona's already extreme summer temperatures are going go get quite a bit hotter by the turn of the century, courtesy of climate change. Bernadette Woods Placky, a meteorologist with Climate Ce

PHOTO: Phoenix launches a bikesharing program in December, where bicycles can be accessed by the minute or by subscription. CREDIT: Stacey Champion/Strategies360

PHOENIX - Arizonans are driving fewer miles these days, and technology and ride-sharing programs are making it easier to get around without relying on a car. A report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund examines how these developments are changing travel behavior. According to PIRG's p

IMAGE: While the U.S. is approaching its energy “independence day,” clean energy advocate Amanda Ormond says every effort must still be made to reduce climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions. CREDIT: Arizona State University.

PHOENIX - By some estimates, the U.S. is growing close to its "energy independence day," when the nation no longer needs to import energy from foreign sources. Oil and natural gas production are booming, along with new sources of renewable energy. However, an Arizona clean-energy advocate warns th

IMAGE: Millennials are leading a decline in miles driven. A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund calls for more emphasis on funding non-driving forms of transportation. CREDIT: Valley Metro.

PHOENIX - Arizona's driving boom is over. A new report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007. According to PIRG public interest advocate Serena Unrein, driving is likely to decline further because of demographic changes

PHOTO: The five-year construction plan proposed by the Arizona Department of Transportation focuses on preserving the state’s existing highway system with no funding for alternatives like rail, transit and bikes. CREDIT: Arizona Department of Transportation

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation's latest five-year construction plan is up for public comment in Phoenix today. The proposal contains money only for highways and airports. But Serena Unrein, a public interest advocate for the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) E

PHOTO: Working to weatherize more Arizona homes is helping people save money and power. CREDIT: Rustic Girls

PHOENIX - Energy efficiency could save the average Arizona utility customer 30 percent on his or her electric bill, according to a new study. The report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) projects more than $7 billion in total savings for Arizonans during the next eight years. SWE

PHOENIX - It's the time of year when backyard swimming pools get the heaviest use in Arizona, but it's also when they cost the most to operate. A new state law says only high-efficiency pool pumps can be installed in new pools or as replacements for older filter pumps. And even if an existing pump s

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