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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2019 


A judge rules on a controversial citizenship question for the 2020 Census; some fishing communities expect to feel the effects of the government shutdown; and new climate concerns as Antarctic ice is melting faster than we thought.

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Public News Service - MT: Climate Change/Air Quality

Mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants dropped nearly 82 percent after the EPA put stricter emission limits in place in 2012. (Tim Evanson/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration is set to weaken standards limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has indicated that his agency will maintain the Obama-era Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Howev

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – A growing number of Montana businesses and cities say they're committed to reaching the climate goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, despite the Trump administration's decision to pull out of it. The "We Are Still In" campaign includes more than 3,500 businesses, gove

Unlike some other states, Montana doesn't have setback limits mandating how far away wells must be from buildings and homes. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday held its only public hearing on a proposal to roll back regulations on methane leaking for the oil and gas industry. The meeting took place in Denver, but advocates for health and the environment traveled to it from around the

As temperatures have gone up over the past century, many glaciers in Glacier National Park have melted. (Blase Reardon/USGS)

HELENA, Mont. – Far from being a future threat, climate change already is making national parks hotter and the effects could get much worse, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Researchers went back to 1895 to chart temperatures and found they're rising twice as fast in the country's nat

There are about 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. (Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Conservation and tribal groups are challenging removal of endangered-species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears in court just days before hunting of the bears is set to begin in Idaho and Wyoming. Six cases alleging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly remo

Summer fly-fishing in Montana could be under threat from rising temperatures because of climate change. (Preston Keres/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

HELENA, Mont. - Some of the country's most cherished summer activities are under threat from climate change, according to a report released today. The National Wildlife Federation's "Safeguarding Summer" report found that hotter summer temperatures are leading to more tick-borne diseases, algae blo

More than 12 million Americans live within a half-mile of an active oil or gas well, compressor or processor, according to a new report. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BAINVILLE, Mont. – A new report focusing on people who live on the front lines of oil and gas operations says they face greater risks of asthma, cancer and other illnesses. From the group Moms Clean Air Force, "Face to Face with Oil and Gas" looks at families dealing with benzene, methane, si

The Great Fire of 1910 in Montana and the Northwest changed the way the U.S. Forest Service managed fires. (National Photo Company/Library of Congress)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Another intense fire season is expected and just around the corner in Montana. Could the solution to severe fire years in the future actually be putting more burns on the landscape? Mark Finney, a research forester at the U.S. Forest Service's Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, sa

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