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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

Crews are thinning trees in Chimney Springs, in the Kaibab National Forest near Flagstaff. (Steve Horner)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The West has millions of acres of forested lands choked with small trees that could fuel the next massive wildfire. But now Arizona's getting some help from an innovative new program. The Future Forests program aims to make clearing extra logs more cost-effective. Pat Grah

Advocates are pressing Gov. Doug Ducey to take a different path on climate change than President Trump. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The scariest thing this Halloween may just be the effects of climate change - but the solutions aren't frightening at all. That's the message that a group of faith, business and conservation leaders are sending to Gov. Doug Ducey this Halloween. They're delivering a letter today si

Statistics show tailpipe pollution causes 53,000 early deaths a year in the United States. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — Clean air advocates are speaking out in the wake of a move by the Trump administration to roll back standards on clean cars and fuel efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and got an earful from groups concerned about ai

EPA grants cover almost 30 percent of state and local air-quality monitoring in Arizona. (Truckerdan/Morguefile)

PHOENIX - Proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will jeopardize public health and the cleanliness of Arizona's air, water and land, according to a new report. Researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund found that the EPA funnels almost $62 million a year into cleanup and

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument's pristine cliffs are notable for their fossils and human relics. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX -- People who prize Arizona's public lands are breathing a sigh of relief that Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument is off the chopping block - after the feds announced Friday that no changes will be made. There are 26 national monuments under review, and many feared Interior Secretary

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument could be downsized under a review by the U.S. Department of the Interior. (BLM)

VERMILLION CLIFFS, Ariz. – The National Park System in Arizona each year draws 12 million visitors, who spend almost $1 billion and support more than 15,000 jobs, according to new fact sheets by Democratic Party members of the Joint Economic Committee in Congress. Public lands advocates hope

Ragweed pollen and high ozone levels linked to climate change are getting worse, according to a new report. (R. A. Nonenmacher)

PHOENIX -- Are your allergies acting up this summer? A new report says almost 70 percent of Arizonans live in counties plagued by a double whammy of high ragweed pollen count and excessive ozone days - the 7th worst in the nation for these issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Cou

Conservation advocates say the San Pedro River may be endangered by a water bill passed this year, part of the reason most of the legislators received an F on the annual Sierra Club Environmental Report Card.(Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club's annual Environmental Report Card is out for 2017 – and Gov. Doug Ducey and most of the Republican majority in the Legislature get a failing grade. The report singles out a water bill that gives the advantage to livestock interests over tribes and public land

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