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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 "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's 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 - TX: Environment

PHOTO: A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Credit: National Park Service

AUSTIN, Texas - Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast - but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism. A new analysis finds that people who come to Texas to hunt, fish, hike and camp support thousa

PHOTO: CREDIT: Kate Ter Haar

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After being pulled from the table over legal concerns, a proposed plastic bag ordinance in Corpus Christi is expected to be back before the city council before the end of summer. The plan was set aside this spring with worries that it could get caught up in a lawsuit against

PHOTO: A yellow-rumped warbler. CREDIT: Robert Nunnally

AUSTIN, Texas - From their beautiful tunes to their stunning colors, songbirds still are migrating across the state and putting on their best displays this time of year. According to Steve Gross, a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society, while some may believe it's too late for bird-watc

PHOTO:  A bill being debated at the Texas State Capitol would require manufacturers to follow accredited standards or to use a certified electronics recycler. Old electronics contain heavy metals and toxins that can leach into the ground and water if not disposed of properly. CREDIT: Curtis Palmer

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly 150,000 tons of old televisions, computers, phones and other electronics are disposed of every year in Texas. Keeping as much as possible out of landfills is the aim of legislation being debated at the State Capitol. The bill, House Bill 3465, would require manufacturers to f

PHOTO: International politics could prove a hurdle in the effort to have the San Antonio Missions be designated a World Heritage Site. Pictured is the Mission San Jose Church.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The years-long effort to secure a World Heritage Site designation for the Alamo and the other San Antonio Missions could be in jeopardy. The designation is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), but the United States has been wi

PHOTO: The San Saba River in Texas has been named one of America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013. The report from American Rivers says the San Saba is being threatened by excessive water withdrawals. CREDIT: Frank Bodden

AUSTIN, Texas - The 2013 list of America's Most Endangered Rivers is out - and the San Saba River in Texas is on it. The report from the group American Rivers cites excessive water withdrawals by landowners and irrigators. That has a negative impact on agriculture and the ecosystem, said Griff Thom

PHOTO: The new report “Turning up the Heat II” says the thermostat industry's voluntary recycling program has captured only 8% of the mercury thermostats that have come out of service in the past decade. CREDIT: Stephen Cummings

AUSTIN, Texas – Voluntary efforts to keep mercury thermostats out of the trash in Texas and nationwide are failing, according to a new analysis called Turning Up The Heat. Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, says the programs run by manufacturers have captured only a smal

PHOTO: The city of Houston is considering a move to

HOUSTON – The city of Houston is being urged to trash its proposal for a one bin garbage and recycling system. City officials are considering a plan for residents to toss all waste into a single bin, with the separation done at a new materials recycling facility – known as a dirty MRF

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