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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - TX: Water

Texas has the highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters and leads the United States in total cumulative costs from billion-dollar disasters since 1980, according to NOAA. (andrewtheshrew/Pixabay)

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HOUSTON -- The Biden administration has said it wants to prevent worst-case scenarios due to climate change, and Texas has several risks that need to be addressed. A 2020 study by Texas A&M University showed climate change threats for Texas in the next 15 years include warmer weather, more wildfire

Water conservation by Texas providers has stalled, but more utilities are submitting their required reporting and the accuracy of reporting generally is improving, according to the Texas Living Water Project. (danielsfotowelt/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has some of the most progressive water-conservation laws and policies in the United States, but water conservation by municipal water suppliers has stalled in the past four years. According to Texas Living Waters Project Deputy Director Jennifer Walker, an update to the 2016

Texas students are getting hands on, high-tech experience growing fresh produce inside converted shipping containers. (Freight Farms)

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. C

Flood damage debris lines a Houston residential street following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. More than 200,000 homes and businesses along the Texas Gulf Coast were damaged or destroyed by the storm. (IrinaK/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

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HOUSTON – The State of Texas, still reeling from damage from Hurricane Harvey and other recent storms, has taken a major step toward improving its flood preparedness. Two years ago, the Category Four storm left 89 people dead and caused some $125 billion in damage along the Texas coast. In i

Global water withdrawal for energy production constitutes 15 percent of the world’s total water consumption. (Pixnio)

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AMARILLO, Texas – The oil and gas industry's thirst for water – a critical component of hydraulic fracturing – has skyrocketed, according to a Duke University report. Industry use increased by more than 700 percent between 2011 and 2016. If current trends continue, Avner Vengos

In a 2017 lawsuit, Energy Transfer Partners cited RICO laws, used to prosecute the Mafia in the 1970s, to argue a coalition of environmental and Indigenous groups constituted a criminal enterprise. (Fibonacci Blue)

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AUSTIN, Texas – A new Greenpeace USA report documents how the corporate sponsor behind the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to use a variety of surveillance, lobbying, and legal tactics to silence protesters. Project leader Molly Dorozenski with Greenpeace says in the wake of events at Stand

Hurricane Harvey brought more than 50 inches of rain to the Houston area in a four-day period last August. (urban.houstonian/flickr)

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SAN ANTONIO - Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the Houston area, tying with Hurricane Katrina for the most costly storm at $125 billion in damage. For the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the storm is a cautionary tale of the dangers of not preparing for the next big storm, and SARA assistant ma

Many scientists believe the heavy floods that accompanied Hurricane Harvey last summer were caused, in part, by climate change. (Platt/GettyImages)

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HOUSTON - Municipal officials could be forced to deal with climate change sooner rather than later, or have their bond ratings downgraded. Moody's Investor Services, a bond rating agency, says one element of how it now will determine a city's credit rating in Texas and across the country will be t

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