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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in a "a bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moving forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moving forward in Appalachia; and someone is putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Public News Service - TN: Environment

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided millions of dollars to help protect many of Tennessee’s most iconic natural areas, such as Cades Cove. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Congress is considering a bill that would secure permanent and full federal funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a pot of money from offshore oil revenues used to protect the country's natural parks. Mike Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation

A new analysis of U.S. air-pollution and FBI crime data finds a correlation between exposure to air pollution and an increase in aggressive behavior. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Researchers have found a correlation between exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior or violent crime. The health effects of air pollution might be noticeable to most Tennesseans, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions, but the stu

Legislation pending in Congress would fund much-needed repairs to national park infrastructure around the country, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eight in 10 registered voters support cleaning up and repairing our aging national parks, in the latest poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts. House lawmakers are considering legislation that would channel up to $6.5 billion in funding to the National Park Service to begin upgr

A raccoon gnaws on a red plastic cup. Tennesseans have submitted hundreds of photos of trash across the state as part of a litter awareness campaign. (Eddie Johnson/Tenn. Wildlife Federation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new campaign aims to raise awareness of Tennessee's trash problem. Hundreds of people have sent photos of litter in their communities to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the group that launched the social media effort. Studies have found the Tennessee River contains m

Americans throw away an estimated 25 billion foam cups every year. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A biotechnology company that makes compostable food-service ware and a nine-year-old who organizes river cleanups were among those honored at this year's Tennessee Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Awards. Knoxville-based Genera Energy was recognized for its par

Nashville mother Zozan Noman (right) testified at an EPA hearing in Washington. She opposes rolling back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. (Moms Clean Air Force)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville mother of two young girls is weighing in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken rules that regulate mercury and other toxic air emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards were put into place in 2012, but the E

According to the Tennessee Department of Tourism, outdoor recreation is the state's second-largest industry. (Tennessee Wild Coalition)

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. – A diverse coalition of small business owners, veterans, clergy, conservationists and sports enthusiasts is celebrating the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act after Wednesday's House approval as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The act proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander a

According to the National Park Service, almost 6 million people have visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park so far this year. (River Sports Outfitters)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Great Smoky Mountains National Park faces a maintenance backlog of $215 million, but the country's most-visited park could be one step closer to relief. A U.S. Senate subcommittee today was to take up the Restore Our Parks Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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