PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - CT: Environment

Seismic surveys to locate oil deposits can be especially harmful to whales and dolphins. (WikimediaImages/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Hundreds of Connecticut residents are in Hartford today to speak out against a proposal to open coastal waters to oil and gas drilling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed opening 90 percent of the nation's coastline to drilling. That would inclu

Environmentalists say every $1 invested in the Green Bank brings $8 of private investment in clean energy. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Environmental advocates say state legislators should not try to balance the budget by raiding funds that protect air quality and support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Republican 2-year budget, passed with some Democratic support, would take $10 million a year from the

The new RGGI reductions will reduce carbon pollution by more than 132 million tons through 2030. (Benita5/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut and eight other states are stepping up their efforts to cut carbon emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has announced it will extend its pollution cap to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2020 levels over the next 13 years. RGGI s

Opponents say lack of demand makes new gas pipelines unnecessary. (Monster4711/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gas companies fell far short of their goals to convert Connecticut homes and businesses to natural gas, and now environmentalists want construction of two new pipelines canceled. The state's Comprehensive Energy Strategy could be released later this week. The 2013 CES calle

Ragweed thrives with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide. (Jim Pisarowicz/NPS)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new analysis ranks Connecticut high on the list of areas where smog and pollen combine to threaten respiratory health. The Natural Resources Defense Council's mapping project puts the Nutmeg State at number two, just behind Washington, for percentage of its population sub

A new report says 200 megawatts of shared solar projects would create 2,580 jobs in Connecticut. (Vote Solar)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Investing in community solar could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in wages, investments and tax revenues to Connecticut, according to a recent report. The report, from the group Vote Solar, says a statewide program creating 200 megawatts of shared solar pow

Pollution is creating more dead zones in Long Island Sound. (Ryssby/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Efforts to protect Connecticut's air and waterways have stalled – and in some cases, regressed – according to a new report. The annual report of the independent Council on Environmental Quality reveals downward trends in areas that affect public health, a declin

Animal waste from farms is a source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. (Cgoodwin/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Manure happens, and a bill now in the state Senate could help turn it into a source of renewable energy on dairy farms in Connecticut. There are 111 registered dairy farms in the state. The so-called "Cow Power" bill would create pilot projects on three of those farms, using

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