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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - CA: Oceans

Ocean water floods a road in Santa Cruz, Calif., in January 2016. Sea levels are forecast to rise 55 inches by the year 2100. (Amy Foxgrover/USGS)

PACIFICA, Calif. -- Despite party-line disagreements, Congress is expected to take up a new stimulus bill to rescue the COVID-battered economy, and groups fighting climate change say environmental policy should be part of it. They're urging lawmakers to support job creation by funding projects to c

The Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve offers midday online programs on a different topic every Tuesday. (Osbomb/Flickr)

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way families, educators and students can experience state parks -- through expanded online programs. The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, on the U.S.-Mexican border south of San Diego, showcases the salt marsh where

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill permanently damaged wetlands and continues to affect marine mammal populations. (U.S. Coast Guard)

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A report out today from Oceana says the feds have failed to learn from the biggest oil spill in American history - the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, which took place ten years ago next week. The Trump administration is working to expand offshore drilling, even proposing new

The decline in kelp has contributed to the collapse of abalone populations on the California coast.  (Bennilover/Flickr)

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Kelp forests off the West Coast are being decimated at an alarming rate by marine heat waves linked to climate change, according to seven top marine scientists who just wrote an open letter about it that was published in Science magazine. Fiorenza Micheli, a professor of marine

Older fishing gear, such as driftnets and shallow-set longlines, are indiscriminate and produce a large bycatch that is dumped back into the ocean. (NOAA)

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Federal fishery managers are considering funding a review of existing data to determine whether to allow an older type of fishing gear - one long criticized, both by recreational fishers and conservationists - to be used off the West Coast. The Trump administration wants to look

Long-beaked common dolphins are one species often caught in drift gillnets, which are being replaced on the West Coast with safer fishing gear. (Chad King/NOAA)

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions on the West Coast may be less likely to die in fishing nets now that authorities have approved a new type of fishing gear. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to approve deep-set buoy gear to replace the huge drift gillnets

The Pacific leatherback sea turtle is one of the species at risk if the Pacific Fishery Management Council authorizes shallow-set longline fishing gear. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

SAN DIEGO – Conservation and sportfishing groups will pack a meeting Thursday of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Diego to try to talk the council out of authorizing a type of fishing gear that's been banned for decades. The council is considering a proposal to allow ships that

Offshore-drilling lease sales for California could start next year, first off of Southern California, then off the central and northern coast. (BOEM)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Just in time for Earth Day today, the environmental group Oceana is calling for a halt to the Trump administration's moves to radically expand offshore oil and gas drilling and roll back safety measures. Their new report, "Dirty Drilling," found the risk of another ca

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