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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - FL: Urban Planning/Transportation

Utilities are beginning to expand their renewable-energy footprint by adding solar farms. (John Callas/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Hurricane Irma plunged 6.7 million people into darkness, the moment was short-lived especially for those with solar panels that can work off the grid. In fact, people, businesses, and even cities were able to function if they had a battery storage system or a stand-alo

Cars with special sensors mapped more than 800 miles of Jacksonville, a pilot city for a project to detect small natural gas leaks. (Environmental Defense Fund)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How safe are the natural gas lines under your street? A new high-tech tool is helping to answer that question, while potentially sparing damage to the environment and your wallet. The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equi

Floridians will mark the opening day of the 2016 legislative session with a series of rallies across the state. (Damien Filer/Progress Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers prepare to return to the capitol this week, hundreds of people across the state want to make sure their voices are heard on the issues they believe matter most. From Medicaid expansion to income inequality and immigrant rights, people across Florida plan to voice t

Ten years after Katrina, work still needs to be done to protect Florida from another hurricane. Credit: artboymb/iStock

AVENTURA, Fl. - Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina killed 14 people in Florida and an additional 1,800 in the other Gulf states. It remains the deadliest and most damaging hurricane in United States history. So, environmental advocates are assessing the progress made and the work still to

Emissions from power plants continue to contribute to hazy skies and the effects of climate change. Being a sea level wetland, the Everglades stands to enjoy the most immediate benefits of the president's new Clean Power Plan. Credit: David Parsons/iStockphoto.com

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – Environmentalists say Florida's national parks will enjoy considerable benefits from President Obama's new Clean Power Plan, which mandates significantly lower emissions at all coal-fired power plants. The air quality in Everglades National Park ranked the third worst of

More fuel-efficient cars are helping Florida reduce carbon emissions. A new report says the state is doing well in that regard, compared to most other states. Credit: jppi/morguefile.com.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has a big role to play in combating global warming, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Analysts for the nonprofit group Environment America examined the total reductions in carbon pollution projected, by state, for the next ten years. They found the Sun

PHOTO: Architect Bernard Zyscovich’s plan entails making Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway four lanes instead of six, and using the freed-up space for safer pedestrian and bike travel. Image courtesy of PlanZMiami.com.

MIAMI - Florida's beaches and tropical weather may make the state an appealing vacation destination, but its thoroughfares are gaining a dubious reputation for pedestrians and bicyclists. Last week, a 51-year-old rider was killed and another seriously injured by a drunk driver on one of Miami's mos

GRAPHIC: This illustration is a hypothetical look at Miami's wet future. The possibility has sparked a Miami-Dade County plan to fight climate change. Image courtesy of Florida Center for Environmental Studies.

MIAMI - With more than 1,300 miles of low-lying coastline, Florida sticks out as one of the world's most vulnerable places to climate change and the sea-level rise that's a consequence of rising temperatures. According to a United Nations report last year, southeast Florida has the most to lose beca

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