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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - IL: Climate Change/Air Quality

Activists gathered in Chicago to speak out against a bill they say intends to silence protestors of oil and gas infrastructure. (The People's Lobby)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would increase penalties for damage to critical infrastructure is making its way through the Illinois Legislature, and its opponents are not backing down. Activists from social justice, environmental and faith-based groups gathered in Chicago yesterday to denoun

The city of Chicago is spending more than $1 billion to upgrade sewer systems to prevent overflows during heavy rain events. (Roman Boed/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bigger, more frequent storms. More floods. Many millions in financial losses. Massive environmental shifts. Climate change already is causing these issues in the Great Lakes region - and it's expected to get worse, according to a new report. Eighteen experts from research

Airborne ethylene oxide pollution is the reason federal officials are recommending the Illinois Department of Public Health investigate cancer risks in and around the Village of Willowbrook. (Pixabay)

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. – People in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook are on edge after a federal report showing that the area faces some of the country's highest cancer risks from toxic air pollution. According to the report, a local company uses ethlyene oxide, a gas the Environmental Protection

Mayors of Chicago, Highland Park, Elgin, Evanston and Skokie signed a letter to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, asking him to keep the Clean Power Plan in place. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite the listening sessions being held across the nation about whether to roll back the Clean Power Plan, environmental groups don't have a lot of hope that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt will keep it in place. The Clean Power Plan took effect in 2015, aimed at reducing carbon

Advocates say low-income residents in Illinois are most impacted by pollution from power plants. (sierraclub.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Residents, and health and environmental experts are pushing back against a state government plan to aid Dynegy Coal Plants, claiming the company is being allowed to rewrite clean-air rules.
 Opponents of the plan say efforts to change how emissions are controlled and

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

Thousands of homes and businesses have been inundated by floodwaters this summer. (noaa.gov)

ALGONQUIN, Ill. -- Mother Nature has been tough on northern Illinois this summer. Damaging floods have occurred as the Des Plaines and Fox rivers crest their banks after back-to-back violent storms. The swollen Fox River in Alqonquin has been at flood stage for over two weeks. Vince Kilcullen, stre

A new book calls for planners to think ahead about where solar and wind farms will go. (energy.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As more Americans realize the need to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, there's a need to plan those changes carefully or environmentalists say we're just trading one problem for another. Joe Kiesecker, the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy's Global

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