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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 


A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.


2020Talks - October 28, 2020 


The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - PA: Climate Change/Air Quality

The blueprint calls for creating sustainable jobs while cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. (agnormark/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than fifty groups have joined together to produce a blueprint for job creation and building a sustainable economy in Appalachia. They call it "Reimagine Appalachia," a plan that could help a four-state area, including southwestern Pennsylvania, where the economy hasn't worke

Clean-air advocacy groups in Pennsylvania say a draft DEP rule would cut methane emissions at little or no cost to the industry. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Today is the second day of virtual public hearings on the Department of Environmental Protection's draft rule for controlling emissions from oil and natural-gas facilities. Current emission rules only apply to new or modified facilities. The new rule would control emissions of me

Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions by 180 million tons by 2030. (Bonnie/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ability to control some forms of air pollution may be at risk after the state's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee narrowly advanced a bill this week that opponents say would jeopardize efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The official title of Hous

Activists say those least responsible for causing climate change often are the first and most severely affected by it. (Manpeppe/Adobe Stock)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- An interfaith group working to slow climate change says there is a link between ending reliance on fossil fuels and the protests taking place across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and protests over the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Min

In Pennsylvania, 21,093 clean energy jobs have been lost because of the COVID pandemic. (mmphoto/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Thousands of clean energy jobs have been lost since March because of the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. From solar and wind power installations to assembling electric cars and energy-efficient appliances, clean energy occupations have been one of the f

A Harvard study has linked higher levels of air pollution to increased death rates from COVID-19. (Andrei/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are condemning new rules that threaten to roll back protections from toxic power plant emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the impact of mercury emissions. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, put in place in 2012

The Delaware is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. (Joshua/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Delaware River was once so polluted it turned the hulls of ships brown. But after decades of restoration, a river-conservation group has named it "River of the Year." The Delaware is a source of drinking water for Philadelphia and New York City, but 75 years ago it was choked w

Tides already driving salty water up the Delaware River close to the Schuylkill River. (Christopher Boswell/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Environmentalists say rising sea levels and rising temperatures from climate change are putting Philadelphia and other Delaware River Basin communities at risk. A recent report from Rutgers University projected sea levels will rise 2.5 feet by 2050 and up to almost nine feet by the

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