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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - MD: Climate Change/Air Quality

Rising temperatures from climate change tend to affect a city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, according to a new report. (Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development)

BALTIMORE - This time of year, it's hard to think about summer heat waves, but a new report says Baltimore and other big cities should prepare for them. The study of more than 100 U.S. cities found a correlation between rising temperatures and poor neighborhoods. It pinpoints areas with a history

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the state includes a controversial proposal to widen the Capital Beltway and add toll lanes. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's climate action plan, which was released in October by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, will not help the state reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 44% by 2030 as promised, according to a new report. Scott Williamson is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate Strategi

A new report makes a compelling case that the oil industry was aware of the effects of fossil fuel on climate change, but allegedly deceived the public about it for decades. (Adobe stock)

WASHINGTON – The first ever congressional hearing on Big Oil's history of climate denial is Wednesday. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and co-chaired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the hearing aims to show that more than 40 years ago, oil industry research proved that burning fos

A new task force in Maryland aims to help install new solar-panel projects at the state’s community colleges and universities. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order last week that establishes a task force to recommend where to put solar- and wind-energy projects in the state. The new group includes key stakeholders from state agencies along with representatives from

Pumpkins for sale at Maryland stores are more likely to be trucked in from other states this year, as record rainfall squashed the pumpkin-growing season. (Grantbahk/Pixabay)

PARKVILLE, Md. – You may notice higher prices for pumpkins this Halloween. Some Maryland farmers are being forced to buy the popular gourds out of state after an unusually wet summer drowned this fall's pumpkin crop. Record rainfall – amounts of 55 to 70 inches in some Maryland counties

Energy production is a major source of climate-altering greenhouse gases, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Amanda Eason/Twenty20)

BALTIMORE – Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh thinks the Trump administration's plans to scale back restrictions on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants would be disastrous for the country, and he says the state will fight back. The Environmental Protection Agency released detail

Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard was established in 2004, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission. (Pixabay)

BALTIMORE — While state officials believe they are working toward a greener Maryland, environmental groups in the state are calling for changes in what's considered renewable energy. Maryland was given a failing grade from both Food and Water Watch and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Respon

NASA uses Earth-observing satellites to monitor conditions in Chesapeake Bay over time. (Pixabay)

BALTIMORE — Researchers have conducted extensive studies on air pollution and smog on land, but looking at air pollution over water and at a vertical level presents challenges. That's why this summer, researchers chose Hart-Miller Island in Chesapeake Bay as a firm place to study air pollution

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