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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - NC: Environment

Rock piles, also known as cairns, are becoming popular things to build for hikers, but stacking rocks can damage the habitat for native animals and plants. (bulbocode909/flickr)

FRANKLIN, N.C. – There's no shortage of creeks and streams in North Carolina to enjoy this weekend, but while exploring, experts advise outdoor enthusiasts to take care before moving rocks and changing habitat. The rocks and area surrounding them provide natural homes for insects, frogs and

An undetermined number of polystyrene containers are generated daily across North Carolina, and a statewide ban would ask businesses to use compostable containers instead. (Jasmine/flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. — Our take-out culture is taking its toll on North Carolina's landfills. It's estimated that Americans throw away 70 million plastic foam cups every day - and that doesn't include bowls and take-out containers. It's something that community groups and concerned citizens are work

The North Carolina Army National Guard delivered food and supplies to communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, and many of those communities are still trying to recover. (NC National Guard/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – While Tropical Depression Alberto prompted the extreme flooding experienced by North Carolina this week, hurricane season is officially beginning Friday. Eight major flood-related disasters costing more than $410 million in public assistance have impacted the state since 2

The Roan Highlands features scenes like native azaleas and the world's largest rhododendron garden. (Ken Lane/flickr)

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — This weekend thousands will lace up their hiking boots and explore North Carolina's hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The state's 23 land trusts play a large role in protecting outdoor recreation opportunities, including sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Southern A

The black rail is perhaps the most imperiled bird species along the Atlantic Coast that most people have never seen. (NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

RALEIGH, N. C. – Almost 100 North Carolina businesses and conservation groups sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation this week, urging them to support the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (HR 4647). The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., and

The NC BREATHE Conference aims to reduce the number of Code Orange days, like this one last summer in Charlotte, where air quality is dangerous for sensitive groups. (Clean Air Carolina)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina has come a long way in improving air quality in recent decades, but is it far enough? Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds even short-term exposure to air pollution below current standards can lead to prematur

The Collider in Asheville, a nonprofit dedicated to innovative climate solutions, will host the first ClimateCon in March. (The Collider)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – There's ComicCon and CiderCon ... and now there's ClimateCon – coming to North Carolina, where business leaders and climate scientists will converge later this month. The state – specifically Asheville – is home to the world's largest collection of climate

Rockingham now has a 14-mile blue trail through the city that draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the state and country. (City of Rockingham)

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — North Carolina has a dam problem after centuries of water-power use by textile mills - many of which are now retired. At least one city - Rockingham - is removing dams from its waterways and reaping the rewards. Leaders are set to take out another dam just north of the cit

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