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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - OR: Environment

Restoration projects in Oregon's high desert include tree plantings along John Day River tributaries. (Jim Davis/Oregon Natural Desert Association)

BEND, Ore. - Often neglected in the national imagination of Oregon is the fact that there are 28 million acres of high desert in the state. To help Oregon's deserts stay healthy and resilient, an organization is leading volunteer groups in restoration trips throughout the summer. Some of the Oregon

Last week, Gov. Kate Brown activated the National Guard after toxins from an algae bloom were detected in Salem's drinking water supply. (bugwugsmom/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. – Salem residents are facing a crisis as the second drinking water advisory in two weeks went into effect this week due to a toxic algae bloom in Detroit Lake. Could climate change make emergencies like this more frequent for Oregonians? Algae blooms like the one in Detroit Lake

Improved pesticide standards would save $64 million in health-care costs a year, according to the EPA. (USDA/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Farmworker groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for delaying key safety standards for working with pesticides. The 2015 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requires that pesticide-training materials be updated and improved, but the Trump administration has

Researchers analyzed carbon dioxide levels in Lookout Creek east of Eugene to study the effects of rising global temperatures. (Theresa Hogue/Oregon State University)

EUGENE, Ore. — Streams and rivers will emit increasing amounts of carbon dioxide as temperatures rise from climate change, according to a new global study. New research finds that just a 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature will result in a 24 percent increase in the greenhouse gas carbon di

A 2017 law requires Oregon to upgrade older, diesel-powered school buses by 2025. (tmeanes77/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon has announced it will replace hundreds of old diesel-powered school buses, and a new report suggests that replacing them with electric buses is the best choice for children's health, the environment and the state's coffers. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has

Oregon adopted higher fuel-efficiency standards more than a decade ago. Now, those standards could be in the EPA's sights. (MikesPhotos/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon and 16 other states are suing the Trump administration over its proposal to end higher emission standards for cars. The California-led coalition represents more than 40 percent of the U.S. auto market. Last month, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said the a

Last year, more than a million people around the world participated in the March for Science. (Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A year on, marchers still believe it's important to stand up for science. In Oregon and across the globe, the second "March for Science" takes place on Saturday. At least seven events are planned across the state, including in Astoria, Bend and Coos Bay. Jon Yoder is part of

Critics of natural gas warn that it produces an abundance of the potent greenhouse gas methane. (isakarakus/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Natural gas has been hailed as a potential "bridge fuel" for the country as it transitions from coal and oil to renewable energy. However, a spokeswoman for a Northwest environmental research group says the news media often overlooks natural gas's dirty secret. Natural gas often is

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