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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - NY: Oceans

Whale sightings from New York beaches became common after the menhaden catch was limited. (annca/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — The return of a major food fish has brought whales and larger fish back to New York waters, but conservation groups fear factory ships may reverse those gains. Seven years ago, fishery managers sharply limited commercial fishing of menhaden - or bunker fish - in Atlantic coastal w

Every year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters ocean waters. (byrev/pixabay)

NEW YORK – The 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup is coming up this weekend, part of a global effort to keep trash out of the oceans. It's the world's largest annual ocean volunteer event. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste alone flow into the oceans, and p

Massachusetts and Rhode Island already have awarded bids for 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind energy. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A "low-cost" option for development of New York state's offshore wind initiative would reap the most benefits - that's the message being sent to the Public Service Commission. A coalition of environmental, business and labor groups has submitted comments to the PSC on the develo

Opponents of offshore drilling say a spill would devastate New York’s fishing and tourism industries. (U.S. Coast Guard)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters. The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling. The governor's propose

Curbing nutrient pollution has reduced the size and duration of dead zones in Western Long Island Sound. (Barbara Edwards/Pixabay)

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — A two-year study has found that seasonal levels of dissolved oxygen in parts of Long Island's Great South Bay fall too low to support sea life. Nitrogen pollution from septic systems and cesspools is the main culprit. Carl LoBue, New York Oceans Program director with The Na

Whales and dolphins are returning to the Long Island coast as fish populations rebound. (shadowfaxone/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental groups say a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast poses real risks to New York. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds a public hearing on the draft plan in Albany today. The proposal, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, w

The Master Plan calls for procuring 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York state on Monday released the first-in-the-nation Offshore Wind Master Plan. The plan starts the process of procuring at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power over the next two years. The goal is to increase that to 2.4 gigawatts by 2030. With only one, small wind far

The state will solicit bids to procure 800 megawatts of offshore wind power, in both 2018 and 2019. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for big advances in renewable energy in New York. In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Cuomo laid the groundwork for major investments in energy efficiency, energy storage and community solar. And, according to Joe Martens, director of the N

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