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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter; also on our nationwide rundown; a 24 hour hotline "reignited" to support immigrants; plus a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River from Troy all the way down to New York City.

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Public News Service - ID: Environment

The Treasure Valley has about 2.4 million trees and room for twice that amount. (Mweston85/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Forests in the Treasure Valley are fighting climate change, according to a new report. In the report, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation's Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment looked at how much carbon dioxide trees in the region have been ab

Some Idaho school districts already have rigorous science standards for teaching climate change. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are holding public hearings Thursday and Friday on proposed science standards for Idaho public schools. At issue: how, or whether, those standards should address climate change. The past two years, legislators have rejected new science standards, which haven'

Boise is partnering with a Salt Lake City company to turn some hard-to-recycle plastics into diesel. (Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has found a new destination for some plastics after China announced it will no longer accept certain recyclables. China has been a major market for western U.S. cities' recycling material, and its announcement has put many in a tough spot. Starting this spring, Boise is

Conservation groups say the lower Snake River dams need to come down if salmon populations in the Northwest are to recover. (Wilson Hui/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Salmon and steelhead in the Northwest faced another alarming year in 2017, with return numbers declining yet again. Joseph Bogaard, executive director of the Save Our Wild Salmon coalition, said poor ocean conditions hurt the fish this year, although he added those conditions

The number of Idahoans using solar power has doubled over the last two years. (IndianCkDish4/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – 2017 could be remembered as the year solar energy caught on in Idaho. If it does, it would be thanks in part to the Snake River Alliance, which launched Solarize the Valley 18 months ago. The program provides a low-cost solar panel installation and has helped 109 homes get pow

In 2015, the EPA identified more than 220 mines that would have been affected by a rule requiring companies to pay for the cleanup. (Pete Markham/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough mon

Cross-laminated timber, used in some buildings in place of steel, is seeing a growing market demand in the Northwest. (Denna Jones/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Businesses, environmental groups and the timber industry are just a few of the diverse groups coming together for Idaho's first-ever statewide summit on climate change. "Safeguarding Idaho's Economy in a Changing Climate" is a two-day event that started Thursday. The goal is t

Conservation groups are concerned that a bill in Congress will undermine environmental laws. (Larry Miller/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Passed by the U.S. House and moving on to the Senate, the Resilient Federal Forests Act is aimed at protecting forests from fires. But conservation groups in Idaho and across the country say it undermines the most meaningful efforts to do just that. Among their many concerns i

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