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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2019. 


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Public News Service - NC: Environment

Much research on solar energy tends to leave out solar's benefits beyond the grid, according to a new report by Environment America. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Solar energy provides North Carolinians with environmental and health benefits that often are overlooked, according to a new report. A study from the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group found by curbing the need to generate power at fossil-f

More than 90 percent of companies in the S&P Global 100 Index view extreme weather and climate change as a current or future risk to their business, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Storms, hurricanes, and flooding have cost cities around the country billions of dollars, and today in Charlotte, business leaders – and GOP Congressman Patrick McHenry of Cherryville – are meeting to talk about how climate change is impacting the finance and busi

For decades, toxic chemicals known as PFAS seeped into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, contaminating residents' drinking water supply. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A 64 page complaint filed by Chemours against its parent company, DuPont, reveals a battle between the two companies over which one is responsible for cleaning up long-term contamination of the Cape Fear River. Chemours, the company that's been held responsible for dumping ha

Roughly 1,200 North Carolina roads were flooded by Hurricane Florence in 2018. (North Carolina National Guard)

RALEIGH, N.C. — After North Carolina experienced the wrath of two 500-year storms over the course of two years, there are calls for smarter federal investments on flood mitigation. Hurricane Florence flooded more than 1,200 roads in the state in 2018, all while repair work from 2016’s

One group in North Carolina is focused on inclusion and diversity in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. (Nina Rodriguez/Issa Vibe Adventures)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A nature group in North Carolina is leading hikes and other outdoor activities this summer for people of color. Ali Steele, along with a few friends, started Issa Vibe Adventures a few years ago, when they realized there weren't many outdoor groups for people of color. Stee

There are between 134,000 and 200,000 acres of seagrass beds in coastal North Carolina, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. (Adobe Stock)

HAVELOCK, N.C. – At a summit this week on coastal resilience, some scientists point to underwater seagrasses as an important tool for protecting shorelines from hurricanes and other extreme weather events. Underwater seagrasses may be difficult to spot, but the North Carolina coast is home t

In 2017, scientists discovered GenX, a toxic and carcinogenic compound, in the Cape Fear River. (Adobe Stock)

WILMINGTON, N.C. - It's been two years since communities surrounding the Cape Fear River found out their water supply had been contaminated by a compound known as GenX, part of the group of hazardous chemicals called PFAS. Today, New Hanover County residents say they still need answers. The source

Wood pellets are a type of biofuel made from trees. In some European countries, pellets are used in large-scale power plants once fueled by coal. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Environmental groups in North Carolina have negotiated a settlement with Enviva, the world's largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants. The company has agreed to install pollution-reducing equipment at a plant under construction in the town of Hamlet, east of

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