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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - AZ: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

The Glen Canyon Dam towers 710 feet above the original Colorado River channel, producing hydroelectric power and impounding Lake Powell as a water storage reservoir. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

PAGE, Ariz. – A trio of conservation groups is suing the federal government to force it to use climate science in its management of Glen Canyon Dam and the upper Colorado River. In the suit, the groups are asking a federal judge to invalidate a 2016 Bureau of Reclamation environmental study,

The numbers of heat-related deaths have grown in Arizona in tandem with more summer temperature extremes in the past decade. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - The rising number of annual heat-related deaths in Arizona is approaching those from such disasters as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes in other states, according to public-health officials. With high temperatures between 110 and 115 degrees on many summer days, fatalities and serious i

Fine-particulate pollution mixes with smog to blanket downtown Phoenix in haze during a recent winter air inversion. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - Members of the grassroots group Moms Clean Air Force testified this week at the only public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to roll back some air-pollution regulations. More than 30 moms from Arizona and 14 other states went to Washington, D.C., to voice their disap

About 8 in 10 Arizonans in a new poll said the state needs to develop its own renewable energy sources rather than relying on imported coal, natural gas and oil. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Arizonans support the growing use of clean and renewable energy in the state. The survey, from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, found that voters see those issues as important to growing jobs and the Arizona eco

Aerial surveys show major damage to piñon pines on the Huachuca Mountains inside the Fort Huachuca military installation in southeast Arizona. (U.S. Forest Service)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The latest assessment of forests across Arizona showed unexpectedly large areas of dead or dying trees. Aerial surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service in mid-2018 found about 1.7 million acres of ponderosa pine, piñon, and juniper trees with yellowing, red or brown

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

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