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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the sentence of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 18, 2020 


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is climbing national polls, but facing much more scrutiny than he had in the early states, which he skipped. Texas is going to come into play for him -- as the state with the second-largest Super Tuesday trove of delegates.

Public News Service - MN: Climate Change/Air Quality

A leading conservation group says Minnesota has a number of landscapes that could help plant and animal species thrive despite the threat of climate change. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scientists are sounding the alarm over how climate change is affecting certain habitats, but some Minnesota landscapes could serve as safe havens for plants and animals. For years, the Nature Conservancy has been evaluating which parts of the country could thrive for certain spec

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says transportation is the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials will soon will kick off another public comment period for proposed auto emission standards. The state is hopeful legal decisions and strong opposition won't kill the plan. Last fall, Gov. Tim Walz announced his Clean Cars initiative, which would require the a

Minnesota already has met its goal of using 25% renewable energy by 2025. But advocates want the state to be carbon free by 2050. (SDRandCo/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Supporters of a statewide clean-energy policy for Minnesota have renewed hope that such a plan will pass; that's because a key GOP lawmaker no longer opposes it. In 2019, Gov. Tim Walz pushed a plan that called on utilities to be carbon free by 2050. That bill ultimately failed.

Minnesota officials say more flood damage is occurring beyond the typical mapped high-risk areas, resulting in more property damage. (ci.austin.mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new report says local governments in Minnesota and elsewhere should be more proactive in buying up undeveloped flood-prone land. Researchers say that would be more cost effective than spending money on flood recovery. The study was co-authored by The Nature Conservancy in Minne

A new report calls it 'imperative' that the federal government help farmers improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gases and maximize energy conservation. (Earl53/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extreme rain events and wide swings in temperatures are just some of the climate-change threats facing Minnesota farmers. And their advocates say federal policymakers need to do more to make sure farmers are protected from crop losses caused by changing weather patterns. Th

Audubon Minnesota wants more people to monitor bird species like the loon as they try to protect them from the possibility of extinction. (National Park Service)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The group responsible for annual bird counts in Minnesota hopes more volunteers will take part and fan out across the state this December. This year's survey comes on the heels of a new report predicting the effects of climate change will make it hard for certain birds to sur

A rural climate dialogue took place in Redwood County, Minn., where wind energy development could soon be coming. (Annie Pottorff/Jefferson Center)

REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. – Minnesota's Redwood County hosted a dialogue on the effects of potential wind energy development in the community. A newly-released report examines takeaways from the event. Last month, 18 county residents heard from four local speakers over three days, and identified

River flooding is common on the plains of Minnesota, where many communities are seeing heavier rain and more flood-related issues to prepare for. (Mitch/Adobe Stock)

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – State climate officials say Minnesota is seeing more rain than it used to, and that's forcing cities to adapt their planning. According to the Department of Natural Resources' climate office, rainfall events of more than three inches have increased 65% since 2000. Many of

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