PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2020 

Seven Democrats debate in South Carolina. And helping kelp forests off the West coast.

2020Talks - February 25, 2020 

Tonight's the last debate before the South Carolina primaries, but it's also the last before Super Tuesday, which includes California and its 494 delegates.

Public News Service - MI: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: Many homes aren't suitable for rooftop solar installations, but community solar projects, supported by the state's two largest utilities, could offer a means for more people in Michigan to access solar energy. Photo credit: Jusben/

LANSING, Mich. - The future of solar energy is looking brighter in Michigan. A new report shows the state's two largest utilities both plan to offer community solar programs. Julie Baldwin with the Michigan Public Service Commission's renewable energy division says that would mean Consumers Ener

PHOTO: While public hearings will not be held in Michigan, residents can still have their say on the EPA's plan to reduce carbon emissions at power plants by submitting a comment online. Photo courtesy of Click /

DETROIT - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to hear from Michiganders and others across the nation about its newly-announced Clean Power Plan, which sets state limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be produced by power plants. Supporters say the new regulations will save tho

PHOTO: A new report finds agriculture in Michigan could experience significant financial losses if the impacts of climate change are not addressed. Photo credit: S. Garton/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Extreme heat could change the face of agriculture in Michigan. New research outlines the financial impacts businesses face in the coming years if action is not taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The report from the Risky Business Project predicts a two-degree jump in

PHOTO: Environmentalists say burning industrial waste such as petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining process, should not be allowed to qualify for the state's

LANSING, Mich. – Garbage in, garbage out. That's what environmental advocates assert about a proposal that would allow the burning of more industrial and municipal waste to count toward Michigan's renewable-energy goals. Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, t

PHOTO: Mosquitoes and ticks are more than a seasonal nuisance. They can spread disease and, with experts predicting a heavy insect season in Michigan, people are urged to take precautions when outdoors. Photo credit: Mrooczek262/

EAST LANSING, Mich. - If it feels as though you can't go out in the yard without getting covered in bug bites, you're not alone. Experts say Michigan is in for a brutal bug season, particularly for ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the risk of certain illnesses. Michigan's tick population has

PHOTO: Michigan business and energy leaders are hailing the proposed coal power plant carbon emission standards for the economic benefits they could bring the state. Photo credit: Click/

LANSING, Mich. – The new carbon-emission standards for power plants unveiled on Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will do more than just clear the air. Leaders from various sectors say the rules stand to create jobs, save Michiganders money, and help preserve the Great Lakes

PHOTO: The coal industry is igniting debate in Michigan over EPA standards to limit air pollution that has been connected to climate change and health issues. Photo credit: helicopterjeff/

LANSING, Mich. – The coal industry is generating heat in Michigan over an advertising campaign criticizing new federal standards to limit air pollution that has been connected to climate change and health issues. The ads claim the new rules mean higher electricity bills and other economic ha

PHOTO: Smallmouth bass are among the Michigan wildlife species at risk because of climate change, because fertilized eggs may not get enough dissolved oxygen in warmer waters, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LANSING, Mich. – With Mother's Day behind us and Father's Day right around the corner, a new report finds it's a tough time to be a wildlife parent because of the impact of climate change on natural habitats and species. Felice Stadler, senior director for climate and energy with the Nationa

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