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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - NM: Environment

Water stress in New Mexico is on par with the United Arab Emirates, the 10th most water-stressed country in the world, according to the World Resources Institute. (worldresourcesinstitute.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Pressures on water availability are higher in New Mexico than any other state, according to the World Resources Institute. Nonetheless, a new study shows more than 95% of the state's oil and gas leases offered by the Trump administration are in water-stressed areas. The C

State economists say New Mexico state government is increasingly reliant on surging income from the oil and natural gas sectors. (progressnownm.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's oil and gas industry is currently providing the state's economy with a historic financial boost, but conservation groups worry about its transparency – and whether a pledge to reduce methane emissions is sincere. Lucas Herndon, deputy managing director

Since 1924, a federal wilderness designation has prohibited motorized vehicles, buildings, logging or mining in New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. (nmwildlife.org)

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Ninety-five years ago, the Gila area in southwest New Mexico received the first-ever wilderness designation. Now a coalition wants to make sure additional protections extend to the Gila River. A delegation of New Mexico residents is in Washington, D.C., today to ask the st

Loss of habitat makes it more difficult for animals such as bighorn sheep to use historic migration routes in New Mexico. (commons.wikimedia.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande Watershed is home to one of the best-connected wildlife landscapes in the country. But development is fragmenting the landscape and reducing habitat – creating challenges for migrating wildlife. A new 20-year management plan for the Cars

The Bureau of Land Management oversees nearly 250 million acres of public land, including more than 45% percent of land in New Mexico. (nmwildlife.org)<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. – The acting director of the Bureau of Land Management has advocated for selling off public lands and conservation groups say that's reason enough he needs to step down. William Perry Pendley was a controversial choice when named to the post. At a recent conference, Pendley to

New Mexico's oil output had increased threefold as of October 2018, and its combined wind and solar capacity increased fivefold, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies. (environmentnewmexico.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Polling in New Mexican shows residents' support for climate action is at all-time high, but conservation groups say dark money may be trying to influence any productive conversation. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association maintains it's onboard to implement strong safeguards

In places such as the Permian Basin, the International Energy Agency estimates the oil and gas industry could use today's technologies to reduce methane emissions by 75%. (jpl.nasa.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A study is under way to determine how much methane is escaping from New Mexico's Permian Basin, one of the most prolific oil and gas basins in the United States. Methane emissions are 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at driving climate change in the near term, so

Climate change has inspired children to become activists for change while still in grade school as part of the Sierra Club’s Global Warming Express. (riograndesierraclub)

SANTA FE, N.M. – A new report out this week says those most affected by climate change, including grade school children growing up in New Mexico, did the least to cause the problem. But many of those children have joined The Global Warming Express in order to make a difference. Led by the

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