PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ME: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: Less tranquil scenes, such as heavy rain, heat waves, coastal and river flooding, are all in Maine's future, according to a new report that confirms global warming's link to climate change. Photo credit: Sdantzer/Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The rain in Maine will worsen and coastal and river flooding will rise, according to the Third National Climate Assessment, unless steps are taken now to slow global warming. The Northeast has experienced a greater recent increase in extreme precipitation than any other region in

PHOTO: Bangor is ranked as one of the cleanest cities for air pollution in the country in a new analysis by the American Lung Association. Portland received a poorer grade. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

PORTLAND, Maine – The news for Maine is both good and bad in the latest State of the Air report released by the American Lung Association. The figures are the most current quality-assured nationwide data on levels of ozone and particle pollution. Bangor ranked among the four cleanest citie

PHOTO: Maine Conservation Voters has issued its annual scorecard showing how each of the state’s legislators voted on seven key environmental issues. The results are mixed. Courtesy MCV<br /><br />

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's environment scored some significant victories in the first half of the 126th legislative session and took some tough losses as well, according to the group Maine Conservation Voters. For the 27th year the group has issued a scorecard grading each state representative and se

PHOTO: Michael Stoddard of Efficiency Maine Trust says his group's initiatives have been shrinking electric bills and they would shrink further in Maine if carbon pollution from power plants can be cut, citing an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Courtesy Efficiency Maine Trust

PORTLAND, Maine - According to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) analysis, the carbon pollution that is driving climate change can be reined in while reducing the Maine consumer's average electricity bill by $3.19. That would build on what the Efficiency Maine Trust has been doing. It has u

PHOTO: The Natural Resources Council of Maine is warning that climate change is causing concerns for Maine’s most valuable fishing industry. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

PORTLAND, Maine - Extreme weather events, including heavy rains and flooding, are just the tip of the iceberg for potential effects of climate change in Maine, experts say. One climate-related concern is national security, according to military leaders, scientists and environmentalists. Judy Berk,

PHOTO: Harvesting carrots at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Teen Agriculture Program benefitted from the Quality of Place Initiative. Courtesy Devin Altobello.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Saving fish populations described as "at rock bottom;" helping kids learn how to grow vegetables in three-foot by five-foot gardens; and turning a vacant lot in the town of Biddeford into a public park and gathering place: just some of the wide-ranging work to come out of the Qual

PHOTO: The Portland-Maine pipeline, shown here crossing Coos County, NH, is cited in a petition calling on the federal government to issue stricter regulations for transporting tar sands oil from Western Canada across New England and the Midwest.

PORTLAND, Maine - More than 55 groups and individuals are petitioning the federal government to halt plans to pump corrosive tar-sands oil from Canada to American ports for export. Current regulations are inadequate, they say, and raise the risk of catastrophic spills. Petitioners are out to stop b

A moose in the distance at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, ME. Scientists are anticipating some iconic Maine species will move northward due to global warming and they're working to ready resilient landscapes for them. Courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

YARMOUTH, Maine - They haven't left yet, but where will Maine's animals - and plants - go if the global climate continues warming? And which will be moving up to Maine from the south? Scientists and land management experts, including many in Maine, want to make sure enough "resilient landscapes" are

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