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PNS Daily Newscast - February 18, 2020 


Amazon's Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change; and updates from state primary elections.

2020Talks - February 18, 2020 


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is climbing national polls, but facing much more scrutiny than he had in the early states, which he skipped. Texas is going to come into play for him -- as the state with the second-largest Super Tuesday trove of delegates.

Public News Service - NC: Oceans

Coastal US military bases are increasingly vulnerable to flooding from climate change-induced extreme weather. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The U.S. Senate soon is expected to consider the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed in the House last week. For the first time, the bill provides funding that would help the military reduce security risks from climate change, including at vulnerable coastal military b

Each year, hundreds of thousands of bycatch fish die after being released back into the South Atlantic Ocean. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Fishermen from North Carolina down to Eastern Florida will soon be required to equip their boats with a portable device to help deep water fish survive when they're caught and then released back into the ocean. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently voted to r

A new proposal aims to make North Carolina's shrimp-trawling industry more sustainable by lessening the amount of fish that are caught in shrimp nets as bycatch.

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's Marine Fisheries Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal that would place certain conditions on shrimp trawling in order to reduce the bycatch of juvenile fish such as spot, Atlantic croaker and grey trout. The new rules would allow the state to

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

New legislation would require marine fisheries to let some fish species reach maturity before they can be harvested. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina's fish stocks are dwindling, and new legislation aims to increase the populations of certain fish species harvested in commercial and recreational fisheries. Marine fisheries currently operate by catching as many fish as possible, and millions of young fish o

In the eight counties along North Carolina's seacoast, more than 33,000 people were employed in the tourism industry, generating more than $295 million in state and local revenue, according to the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. (Outerbanksfishing.org)

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. — The Senate vote set this week on the confirmation of David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary is making waves in North Carolina. Bernhardt took the helm at Interior after the resignation of Ryan Zinke, but faced tough questions about his past as an oil and gas lobbyist bef

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has joined several other groups in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction to block seismic surveys from beginning in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. (daveynin/Flickr)

WANCHESE, N.C. – A proposed federal plan from President Donald Trump to allow offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast is expected to be released soon, now that Interior secretary nominee David Bernhardt has had his Senate hearing. North Carolina and eight other Atlantic Coast states, includ

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts believe that if oyster beds once in place in the coastal waters of New York had been there during Hurricane Sandy, much of the damage could have been reduced. (The Nature Conservancy)

WANCHESE, N.C. – North Carolina's coastal residents are breathing a sigh of relief after Hurricane Chris took a turn away from the Atlantic Coast – but there undoubtedly will be additional threats from extreme weather and sea-level rise this season. The answer to those problems could l

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