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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - IA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Flooded apartments along the Elkhorn River north of Columbus, Neb., after a

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds toured areas of western Iowa yesterday, where communities are struggling to recover from last week's "bomb cyclone" that caused massive flooding and raised rivers in 41 locations to new record levels, mainly in the Missouri Valley. The system brought rain

Opponents of a bill in the Iowa Legislature say it would make privately owned solar-power generation by homeowners, farmers and small businesses much less economically viable. (skeeze/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's largest investor-owned utility wants to make owners of private solar power systems pay more for generating their own electricity, while opponents warn that could cause Iowa to lose its standing as a leader in promoting renewables. House Study Bill 185 would add a ye

It's estimated that 200 Iowa communities struggle to treat for factory-farm pollutants caused by runoff from the state's large number of hog confinements. (MabelAmber/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans who want to see a moratorium on factory farms in the state rally at the State Capitol tomorrow, even though they aren't convinced the bill they're backing will pass this year. Iowa is home to 10,000 factory farms, estimated to produce 22 million gallons of animal wa

Flooding has cost Iowa residents, businesses and farmers about $18 billion over nearly three decades, according to a 2018 University of Iowa study. (Pixabay/werner22brigitte)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers are used to adjusting for weather, but some are adjusting for climate change by planting a variety of crops, sowing cover crops and leaving land unplowed. Many small farmers fear adjusting to climate change will add more regulations to their already declining botto

Anita Christensen of Iowa, left, was among a group of 10 moms who visited Capitol Hill in Washington last week to oppose Andrew Wheeler's confirmation as E-P-A administrator. (partnership project)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Environmental advocate Anita Christensen traveled from Indianola to Washington last week, hoping to convince Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa that former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is the wrong person to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. As acting chief, Wheeler opened th

The 2018 National Climate Assessment warned that agricultural productivity in the Midwest could drop by 25 percent in the next 30 years without technology advances and changes in crop production. (soilassociation.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farming practices aren't changing as fast as the climate, and food production is likely to suffer, according to one expert who advocates for more sustainable or regenerative agriculture. University of Washington Professor of Geomorphology David Montgomery was the keynote s

Extreme weather, from severe tornadoes to flash-flooding rains to extreme heat and drought, has hit Iowa and other Midwestern states this summer, and experts predict it's here to stay. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hotter temperatures, more rainfall, higher humidity and greater weather extremes are what's ahead for Iowa, according to new climate projections available from the Climate Science Special Report. The data was gathered for the fourth annual National Climate Assessment. Gene

The cost of gasoline in Iowa averages $2.79 per gallon this summer, which is 53 cents higher than one year ago. (registration.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Environmental Protection Agency, a new acting administrator takes over for Scott Pruitt today. But big regulatory rollbacks that Pruitt set in motion - including vehicle mileage standards - are still a major concern for environmental groups and others. The Obama-era

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