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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - OR: Climate Change/Air Quality

Amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill could lead to more salvage logging on public lands. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 200 scientists have sent a letter to members of Congress urging lawmakers to remove logging provisions from the 2018 Farm Bill, saying the amendments could worsen wildfire conditions in the West. The House version of the Farm Bill opens up salvage logging on landsc

Firefighting costs for the U.S. Forest Service topped $2 billion in 2017. (April Davis/Oregon National Guard)

EUGENE, Ore. – Firefighting season is in full swing, with tens of thousands of acres burning in Southern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. Are there ways the U.S. Forest Service can cut down on the ballooning costs of fire suppression? Cassandra Moseley, a research professor at the Univer

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

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

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

Oregon communities could start to feel the effects of ocean acidification if climate change isn't curbed, scientists say. (Plumbago/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Will the Trump administration's erasure of climate change references have consequences for the nation? A former government scientist says unequivocally yes. Rick Spinrad, former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says language is

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