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PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2019 


Joe Biden tells supporters he intends to run in the 2020 presidential election. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: A landmark bill in California would ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics; and, groups sue to end disease-spreading elk feeding.

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Public News Service - FL: Public Lands/Wilderness

Emissions from power plants continue to contribute to hazy skies and the effects of climate change. Being a sea level wetland, the Everglades stands to enjoy the most immediate benefits of the president's new Clean Power Plan. Credit: David Parsons/iStockphoto.com

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – Environmentalists say Florida's national parks will enjoy considerable benefits from President Obama's new Clean Power Plan, which mandates significantly lower emissions at all coal-fired power plants. The air quality in Everglades National Park ranked the third worst of

A new poll says hunters and anglers support expanding the Clean Water Rule to smaller tributaries. Credit: bissel/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hunters and anglers support restoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule to smaller headwaters streams and wetlands by a margin of more than 4 to 1, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation on the so-called Waters of

An egret rests in a marsh in the Everglades. A Florida real estate company has filed for a permit to build an exploratory oil rig on land it owns near Miramar. Credit: Floridastock/iStockphoto.com.

Tallahassee, FL - Activists are blasting the idea of drilling for oil in the Everglades - after a longtime Florida firm, Kanter Real Estate, filed for a permit to allow oil exploration on land it owns near Miramar. Comments from Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Ass

An algae bloom on Christopher Creek exemplifies Florida's water quality issues, even as the state's attorney general is choosing to fight the EPA over clean water rules. Credit: Earthjustice.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's State Attorney General Pam Bondi is getting the state involved in clean water lawsuits lately and conservation groups contend she's on the wrong side of the issues. On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected a case by the American Farm Bureau Federation, that Bondi joined a

University of Florida research has found the state's rare frosted elfin butterfly population is threatened by controlled burns if those fires are not managed properly and holistically. Credit: Matt Thom, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Controlled burns could wipe out rare north Florida butterflies if they're not done with insect habitat in mind, according to a recent University of Florida study. The research found certain butterflies need fire because they feed on plants that only survive when flames wee

Turtles and many other species suffered in the 2005 BP oil spill. BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday. Florida's share is $3.25 billion. Credit:NOAA.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida conservation groups say the BP settlement announced Thursday is a big step forward giving certainty that the funding will be there to restore the Gulf coast. It comes five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, releasing almost four billion barr

PHOTO: The future of the endangered Florida panther will be discussed at a meeting in Sarasota on Tuesday. Photo credit: Florida Panther Net.

SARASOTA, Fla. – The public is invited to weigh in on the future of the Florida panther at a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission this afternoon in Sarasota. Experts from the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife will be in attendance to urge the state to reconsider a recent policy s

PHOTO: Florida activists are decrying a move to use money earmarked by voters to expand and restore conservation and recreation lands to instead pay the expenses of existing agencies previously covered by the state's general fund. Photo credit: Chuck Marshalsea/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Environmental groups are reacting angrily to Tuesday's news of a budget deal in Tallahassee that spends far less on conservation than voters expected. Seventy-five percent of Florida voters approved Amendment One last November, setting aside about $750 million this year to

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