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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 - WI: Climate Change/Air Quality

University of Wisconsin researchers say replacing coal with solar power could save more than 50,000 American lives annually because of better air quality. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- More than 4,000 medical professionals from across the country are demanding policy action on climate change. The coalition includes dozens of doctors and nurses in Wisconsin, who say the effects are visible in the patients they serve. Nearly 90 health-care professionals around the

Supporters of conservation practices, such as cover crops, are hoping to convince more farmers to incorporate them into their operations as market challenges persist. (Adobe Stock)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers aren't immune to changing weather patterns affecting the Midwest. That's why those who are adopting conservation practices hope other farmers follow suit. The National Climate Assessment said heavy downpours and flooding are among the biggest climate-change t

Some scientists predict that the Midwest will be nearly 10 degrees warmer by the middle or end of this century, a shift that could have devastating impacts on farmers. (Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Several farm organizations have launched a grassroots movement in hopes of seeing federal action on climate change -- and they're urging Wisconsin farmers to take part. Member groups of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are circulating an online letter in English and

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by tornadoes, hail and damaging winds cause an average of $5.4 billion in damage each year across the United States, according to a new study in the Journal of Climate and Atmospheric Science. (Skeeze/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — A new study shows Tornado Alley is on the move, with an increase in tornado activity moving eastward and impacting areas more vulnerable and unprepared, including in Wisconsin. According to a study in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, the frequency of tornadoes has

The National Science Foundation is funding a study, CHEESEHEAD19, which stands for Chequamegon Heterogeneous Ecosystem Energy-balance Study Enabled by a High-density Extensive Array of Detectors, 2019. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – Researchers next summer will take to the plains of northern Wisconsin for a study that suits what the state is known for. The study, dubbed with the acronym "CHEESHEAD19," will examine how plant growth and decline throughout the seasons affects the atmospheric climate in local

More than half of Wisconsin's top commodities depend on corn. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE – While warmer average temperatures can have a dramatic impact on colder climates globally, new research shows how much it can affect crop growth if it changes by just a few degrees Celsius. For Wisconsin, one crop that would be affected most is corn. The research, headed by post

Cover crops are grown for several benefits ranging from protecting and enhancing soil to pest suppression, but a study finds they also can be an income source for carbon credits. (Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

MADISON, Wis. — Cover crops have been around about as long as farming. Among other benefits, cover crops are good for the soil and create a natural barrier against pests. But they could also have another surprising benefit: carbon credits. Cover crops eliminate a surprising amount of carbon

The Kinnickinnic River is popular for kayaking, trout fishing and more. (Friends of the Kinni)

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The Kinnickinic River is at the heart of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers visitors to the Twin Cities area opportunities for trout fishing, kayaking and more. But advocates for the Kinnickinic say the two dams on the river put its health in jeopardy, and it's on a list of

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