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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - CA: Climate Change/Air Quality

A new report blames dry conditions linked to climate change for this fall's large fires and calls for more funding for prescribed burns. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The death toll has risen to 42 in the massive fires that raged through Santa Rosa, Napa and Sonoma over the past week - and a new report says California can expect more of these megafires in the years to come. Researchers from the National Wildlife Federation noted that in pa

Low-income communities often bear the brunt of air pollution, so California environmental groups are pushing for more cleanup efforts in those areas. (World Architecture)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a package of bills that passed the Legislature on Monday and will extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030. The cap-and-trade system encourages industry to clean up its act by putting a price on carbon emissions, but environmenta

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Concerns over truck pollution rules may hold up the governor's new transportation bill. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters held a rally Wednesday to rev up support for his transportation bill. But environmental groups are protesting a section they maintain will lead to more pollution by big trucks. Senate Bill 1 increases the gas tax and the fee to regist

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took his turn answering tough questions from a Senate committee as President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the E.P.A. (Gage Skidmore)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, faces strong opposition by environmental and progressive groups - including the League of Conservation Voters. The League's vice president of government affairs, Tiernan Sit

The view on a walk below the Trinidad Head, an area now protected and more accessible to the public. (Julie Fulkerson)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the expansion of two national monuments in California - California Coastal National Monument and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the Oregon border. Much more than recognition of the unique history or geography of a place, this

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