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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - MN: Environment

Chippewa National Forest is one of many recreational sites in Minnesota that has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund set to expire in six weeks without action from Congress. (health.state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A program that has contributed to America's outdoor recreation opportunities and helped conserve public lands for a half century is six weeks away from expiration. Congress must act before Sept. 30 if the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to be preserved. The fund acces

The repair costs to update aging infrastructure at Minnesota's national park sites, including Voyageurs, is estimated at $17 million. (wildernessinquiry.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Filling potholes, fixing restrooms, repairing visitor centers, maintaining trails and campgrounds - that's just a sampling of improvements that could be made if Congress can pass the "Restore Our Parks Act." A nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog extends across more than 40

Cleanup of the St. Louis River is one of the largest environmental projects ever undertaken in Minnesota. (americanrivers.org)

DULUTH, Minn. – The future of the Great Lakes is up for public comment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is crafting the next phase of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Trump administration has recommended dramatic funding cuts for the initiative, so far without success. An

Together, the world's five largest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases than BP, ExxonMobil or Shell, says a new report. (Oikeutta eläimille/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The world's growing meat and dairy industries are undermining global efforts to combat climate change, according to a new report. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN analyzed greenhouse gas emissions from the world's 35 largest meat and dairy companies,

Minnesota wants to be a model for creating clean energy jobs and a thriving economy, even without U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. (americanmagazine.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is determined to meet carbon-reduction goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, even if the U.S. isn't a partner in the climate accord. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. 13 months ago, citing burdensome financial obligations, even though each country determin

Three out of four Minnesotans get their drinking water from groundwater sources, and clean-water advocates say more should be done to protect it from polluted farm runoff. (George Becker/StockSnap)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Environmental groups say clean water is under attack in Minnesota, and this Wednesday, they're planning a peaceful counterattack. Water Action Day is May 2 at the State Capitol, when representatives from more than 30 groups will rally and meet with lawmakers. Among their co

Students from across Minnesota will converge on the State Capitol to talk about climate change this Wednesday, April 25. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Students from across Minnesota get a chance to bring their concerns about climate change and the environment directly to their state lawmakers this week. About 200 young people are expected to participate in the Youth Climate Justice Summit, this Wednesday at the Minnesota St

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MINNEAPOLIS — There have been at least four incidents of animals, people or both falling through ice and needing rescue in Minnesota communities in recent days. In one case, a dog ran out onto a lake in Lino Lakes, broke through, and its owner ran after the dog and also fell in. In the Twin

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