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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 

A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.

2020Talks - October 21, 2020 

Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - NC: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains are among the most climate-resilient landscapes in the U.S., according to new research by a team of scientists at The Nature Conservancy. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Animals are on the move to escape rising temperatures and increased floods and drought, but some could find refuge in North Carolina's Sandhills and Southern Blue Ridge, according to a new map developed by scientists at The Nature Conservancy. The map pinpoints biodiverse "hotspots

A new NEPA rule change drastically reduces the environmental review of many types of major construction projects being proposed. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit arguing that the Trump administration has sped through an industry-friendly rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act. As one of the nation's first major environmental laws, NEPA requires that any construction project proposed on f

The coronavirus has complicated natural-disaster evacuation plans in many North Carolina counties. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A new survey finds more North Carolinians are troubled by the effects of climate change on hurricane season. Out of more than 2,000 respondents who live in southeastern coastal states, around 65% said they think addressing climate change is an important priority for the nation. Ha

GIS map of coastal North Carolina churches. (Creation Justice Ministries)

AURORA, N.C. -- Faith leaders across the Southeast recently held the first Faith Communities and Climate Resilience Summit, aimed at addressing how congregations can become more resilient in the face of increasing floods, extreme weather events, and other climate-change impacts. Gerald Godette, min

Hurricane Florence hits the east coast of the United States in September 2018. (NASA/Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N. C. -- North Carolina saves on average $6.43 in recovery efforts for every dollar spent on natural-disaster mitigation. That's slightly above the national average of $6.00, according to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts that looks at how states are budgeting for emergencies in the

Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is associated with the increased use of asthma medication in children. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has said it plans to leave current air pollution standards for particulate matter unchanged, despite warnings from scientists that the standards are outdated and causing tens of thousands of premature deaths each year across the country. North C

North Carolina communities will continue to grapple with increased flooding in a changing climate. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the wake of a slew of disastrous hurricanes over the past few years, North Carolina now has joined Florida, New Jersey and New York in creating a statewide climate risk and resilience plan. Will McDow, director of resilient landscapes for the Environmental Defense Fund, says th

Rainwater from Hurricane Florence washes out a bridge in Waxhaw, North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic hurricane season starts Monday, and weather watchers warn it could be an active one. So, experts say funding for flood mitigation and resilient infrastructure must be a priority. Even with state resources stretched in the COVID-19 pandemic, progress can be made, say

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