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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NY: Oceans

A humpback whale feeds in a school of menhaden off the coast of eastern Long Island. (Sutton Lynch/The Nature Conservancy)

NEW YORK -- Environmental groups are hailing what they call a historic change in the management of menhaden fisheries on the Atlantic Coast, saying it holds promise to rebuild threatened species, from striped bass and whales to eagles. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved t

Total investment in the U.S. offshore wind industry is predicted to be $166 billion by 2035. (Zacharias/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Accelerating the development of offshore wind power would bring a significant economic boost to a national economy battered by the COVID pandemic, according to a new study. Commissioned by four energy-industry groups, the study assessed the impact of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Man

Federal funding for coastal resilience could help restore the oyster reefs that once protected New York shoreline. (kidsasarin/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A bill pending in Congress could help a project to restore a natural barrier to storm damage in New York. The Moving Forward Act would create a five-year program to repair existing infrastructure, fund new projects and create millions of jobs needed to restore the economy. It also inclu

The oyster populations from Maine to Florida has shrunk to less than 10% of its historic size. (nulovetoyo/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – The efforts to restore shellfish to New York Harbor and Long Island have made real progress, but there's still a long way to go. Long before New York City was The Big Apple, it was known as The Big Oyster. New York Harbor once had more than 200,000 acres of oyster reefs and Long

By 2050, experts estimate, there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish. (Richard Carey/Adobe Stock)

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The bill banning single-use plastic bags statewide has been signed into law. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held an Earth Day news conference in Kingston, home port of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to announce the signing to reporters and environmental groups. Every year, N

Coastal wetlands are natural barriers that can help protect against storm damage. (Andrea Sears)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – The town of East Hampton, New York, will soon be demolishing a house so the land can once again serve as a protective buffer against storm damage. The 3.2-acre plot is next to a large tract of protected wetland along Accabonac Harbor. The demolition is part of an effort

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

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