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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - PA: Climate Change/Air Quality

A landslide insurance bill introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could help deal with disasters brought on by climate change. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There's good news for Pennsylvania in a new "State of the States 2020" report. Stateline's annual report covers five major topics that are among the hottest legislative issues across the country. According to Noelle Straub, deputy managing editor at Stateline, one area where the

In 1975, 14 excess deaths were attributed to pollution during a weather inversion in Allegheny County. (VanderWolf Images/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny County was once again among the five worst counties in the country for air quality over the Christmas holidays, and area residents are demanding action. From Dec. 21 to 26, a weather system trapped pollution over the region, forcing people to breathe some of the worst air i

The public will be able to comment starting early next year on a proposed rule estimated to reduce methane emissions in Pennsylvania by 75,600 tons per year. (MORO/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's environmental rule-making board has voted to advance a rule to cut down on methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities. The rule passed the Environmental Quality Board on Tuesday by a 18-1 vote. Methane is responsible for one-quarter of the climate chang

Optical gas imaging shows methane and volatile organic compounds escaping from an oil and gas facility in Texas. (photo by Earthworks)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Planned expansion of oil and gas development would push global temperatures beyond the tipping point of catastrophic climate change, according to a new report. The report, from the Global Gas and Oil Network, says the industry plans to invest $1.4 trillion in new extraction

An annual bird count has shown an estimated 76% decline in ruffed grouse populations in southeast Pennsylvania. (JohnCindy/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — From torrential rains to raging wildfires, a new interactive map traces the devastating impact climate change is having on wildlife nationwide, including in Pennsylvania. The National Wildlife Federation has created a map, called "Unnatural Disasters," that shows climate chan

Changing seasonal weather, severe storms, drought and flooding are affecting businesses of all types in the Keystone State. (eric/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – Companies doing business in Pennsylvania are warning investors that climate change is a threat to productivity and profits. President Donald Trump attended an event sponsored by the natural gas industry in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, where he celebrated beginning the process of with

As a greenhouse gas, methane is 80 times more powerful in the near term than carbon dioxide. (denismax/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back regulations for controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, but clean-air advocates say that's going in the wrong direction. Yesterday in Dallas, Texas, the EPA held its only hearing on a proposal to lo

In 2018, extreme weather in Pennsylvania caused $144 million in property damage, and $125 million in damage to state-maintained roads and bridges. (Rico Löb/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step forward in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Tom Wolf has set the wheels in motion for the Keystone State to join nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). At a morning news conference on Thur

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