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PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 


Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Public News Service - MD: Toxics

Research has shown the same pesticides that are wiping out bees are impacting hummingbirds as well. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As we enjoy the late-summer crops produced in this country and around the world, advocates are hoping everyone will take time to appreciate the little creatures that pollinated them. About three-quarters of the more than 240,000 species of the world's flowering plants rely o

Pennsylvania is one of the states accused of sending polluted air into Maryland. (usgs.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The clock is now ticking in Maryland as regulators wait out the required 60 days before filing a lawsuit against the federal government over polluted air coming in from other states. Last week, Maryland's Secretary of the Environment notified Environmental Protection Agency Admi

Blue crab populations could be greatly reduced if the nation's water-quality restoration programs are eliminated. (nwf.org)

BALTIMORE - Advocates for Chesapeake Bay are calling the budget proposed by the Trump administration devastating, to the bay and the millions of people who rely on it for clean drinking water. The budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 recommended that the entire $73 million budget for the Environmen

How much is too much when it comes to exposure to WiFi and digital devices? (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There's a push in Maryland to set up safety guidelines relating to WiFi in schools and for daily use of computers, tablets and other technology. Here’s the question: Do the devices pose a health risk? Lawmakers are set to consider bills (HB 866, SB 1089) that would r

Thousands rallied in Annapolis last week as Maryland lawmakers began debating a fracking ban. (Citizen Shale)

BALTIMORE – One of this year's most contentious debates in Maryland centers around whether to ban hydraulic fracking. A moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October. Thirty-seven groups have signed a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan supporting legislation (SB740 and HB1325) to ban fracking i

Home gardeners are being urged to step up the pressure on stores that don't sell

BALTIMORE - Some good news for bees, as new tests find significant decreases in the use of bee-killing pesticides on "bee-friendly" plants. Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute took samples of plants in 13 U.S. cities, including Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and compared them

Environmental advocates say recent moves by the governor are hurting the move to renewable energy. (Maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A watchdog environmental group says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment of Delegate Anthony O'Donnell to the Public Service Commission is the latest in what the group calls a troubling series of moves to undermine the expansion of renewable energy. Last week Hogan also v

Maryland has seen dramatic drops in bee numbers. (PANNA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years

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