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PNS Daily Newscast - June 14, 2019 


Hundreds of companies urge Trump to resolve tariff dispute with China. Also on our Friday rundown: California moves closer to universal health coverage. Plus, new Gulf restoration projects – a decade after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Public News Service - ID: Climate Change/Air Quality

With coal becoming less affordable, Idaho Power says it will transition completely to renewable energy sources, like wind, over the next two decades. (U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Power is being praised for announcing that the company will clean up its grid completely by 2045. The biggest utility in the state, which serves about 560,000 customers, is the first to set such goals in the Pacific Northwest, and also among the first in the nation. Gov. Brad L

Peter Onus, a history professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and a leading scholar on Thomas Jefferson, speaks at BSU this week. (Slowking4/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – What can Thomas Jefferson teach us about the environment today? Talks at Boise State University are exploring nature through topics like this and others. The Idea of Nature public lecture series aims to foster conversations about the environment across different areas of exp

The area burned each year in the Northwest could quadruple by the 2080s if current temperature trends continue. (Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service)

BOISE, Idaho – What can Idahoans do in the new year to help forests adapt to a changing climate? The National Climate Assessment released this year says there's a high probability that wildfires will continue to increase in the Northwest due to climate change. John Abatzoglou, a climate re

Algae blooms can be toxic for humans when ingested in large quantities. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)

CORRECTION: Idaho DEQ says no algae was found near Rexburg where a dog died after swimming last week. A previous version of this story stated algae caused the death. The dog's cause of death still is unknown. BOISE, Idaho – An environmental group is warning that toxic algae blooms are threat

Solarize the Valley has helped more than 100 Idahoan homeowners and businesses install solar panels. (SmitBruins/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – A program to help Idahoans install rooftop solar is back just in time for the summer sun. The Snake River Alliance's Solarize the Valley project is heading into its third straight year of helping homeowners bring the power of the sun to their residences. After year two, the al

The Treasure Valley has about 2.4 million trees and room for twice that amount. (Mweston85/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Forests in the Treasure Valley are fighting climate change, according to a new report. In the report, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation's Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment looked at how much carbon dioxide trees in the region have been ab

Some Idaho school districts already have rigorous science standards for teaching climate change. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are holding public hearings Thursday and Friday on proposed science standards for Idaho public schools. At issue: how, or whether, those standards should address climate change. The past two years, legislators have rejected new science standards, which haven'

The number of Idahoans using solar power has doubled over the last two years. (IndianCkDish4/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – 2017 could be remembered as the year solar energy caught on in Idaho. If it does, it would be thanks in part to the Snake River Alliance, which launched Solarize the Valley 18 months ago. The program provides a low-cost solar panel installation and has helped 109 homes get pow

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