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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2020 


LGBTQ groups launch a million-dollar campaign to participate in the 2020 census; and biodiversity at risk in North Carolina.

2020Talks - January 23, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former VP Joe Biden butt heads at opposing ends of the Democratic spectrum. And Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is suing former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Public News Service - NC: Environment

Wetlands are critical to North Carolina's coastal ecosystems. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's mountains and coasts are teeming with biodiversity that conservationists say is under threat from global warming. As ecosystems adapt to a changing climate, it's becoming harder to predict which species will survive and which won't. Mark Anderson, director of co

Residents of Manteo, N.C., are bracing for a future of increased flooding. (Adobe Stock)

MANTEO, N.C. -- Coastal towns braced for the first high tide of the year this past weekend, and many small-business owners say they have adapted to what is becoming the "new norm" of increased flooding during high tides and more frequent extreme weather due to climate change. Jamie Anderson owns a

Western North Carolina is among the most ecologically rich regions in the world. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In 2019, more than 30,000 acres in Western North Carolina became protected from development, according to Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of land-trust organizations across the region. Elsea Brown is executive director of the coalition. She said advocates mainly work with landown

Nationwide, most coal ash is disposed into lined landfills, known as ponds, often located near power plants where the coal was burned. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - A judge in Raleigh has revoked permits that would have allowed coal ash to be dumped at mine sites in Chatham and Lee counties, saying the permits were improperly issued. The state Department of Environmental Quality gave permits in 2015 to waste-management companies Green Meadow an

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is being challenged for not making the same shift as many other schools nationwide, from using coal to natural gas for energy. (Adobe Stock)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A pending lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the school is violating the federal Clean Air Act through its use of two coal-burning boilers. The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club are plaintiffs in the case. Perrin de Jong

William B. Umstead State Park spans nearly 6,000 acres across the cities of Raleigh, Cary and Durham. (Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A local group opposed to the construction of a rock quarry adjacent to Umstead State Park in Wake County is appealing a Superior Court's decision. The judge ruled that the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority was within its bounds to grant Wake Stone Corp. rights to mine on airpo

Cathey's Creek in Brevard is the city's main source of drinking water. (Resource Institute)

BREVARD, N.C. – The city of Brevard has received $1 million from the state to undertake a stream restoration project aimed at preventing the city’s water treatment plant from being damaged by high levels of sediment. Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland says the city takes 1 million gallon

The Clean Air Act aims to curb nationwide air pollution and sets caps on the levels of ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides and other airborne particulates. (Adobe Stock)

CARY, N.C. – Scientists meet this week in Cary to debate whether the Environmental Protection Agency's current standards for particulate matter and ozone air pollution are robust enough to protect public health. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee also will hear public testimony about

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