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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - OR: Environment

Oregon has committed to getting all its energy needs from renewable power sources by 2050. (Melanie Connor/GettyImages)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Utility company Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended its efforts to get permits for two natural-gas plants, in part because of its customers' desire for renewable energy. PGE's coal-fired power plant in Boardman, Ore., is scheduled to shut down in 2020 and, while th

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was expanded from 65,000 to 113,000 acres under President Obama, meaning it could be subject for review under a new executive order. (Bob Wick/BLM)

ASHLAND, Ore. – President Donald Trump's executive order asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to review national monuments could put the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon in the administration's sights. On Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, the House Natural Resources Comm

An organizer says momentum for Saturday's march grew after the Women's March drew a large crowd in Pendleton. (Pat Hall Walters)

PENDLETON, Ore. – Marchers in cities big and small across the nation this Saturday say the evidence is clear: It's time to stand up for science. Although organizers of the March for Science are trying to steer the marches away from politics, many in the scientific community are concerned abo

Four million acres of land within a 100-mile radius of ethanol refineries were converted to agriculture use between 2008 and 2012, with unintended consequences for wildlife. (USDA/Flickr)

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Wildlife habitat near corn ethanol refineries has been destroyed at a fast pace since a federal law was passed to produce more biofuels. A new study says that across the U.S., 4 million acres of land within a 100 mile radius of ethanol plants have been converted to agricultural use

The Nature Conservancy is teaming up with a local land trust to protect part of Tillamook Head, a region identified as resilient as climate change worsens. (OCVA/Flickr)

SEASIDE, Ore. – As climate change worsens, certain landscapes could become refuges from the most dramatic effects to nature. One conservation group is looking to harness the power of those refuges by protecting lands that will be most resilient as global temperatures rise. The Nature Conserv

A bill has been introduced in Congress to protect part of the North Umpqua River, which is renowned for its fly-fishing opportunities. (BLM/Flickr)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced a bill on Thursday to protect some crucial habitat for wild steelhead on the North Umpqua River. The bill is known as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Act, named in honor of two stewards of the

Youth plaintiffs in a federal case are alleging the federal government knew about the drastic effects of climate change, but did not do enough to slow its effects. (Robin Loznak/ZUMAPRESS.com)

EUGENE, Ore. – A team of teenagers and young adults is moving closer to a courtroom showdown with the United States government over climate change and the impact it will have on young people's futures. Last week, the young plaintiffs held a case-management conference with Federal Magistrate

Oregon received a mix of grades on an annual report card assessing the state's transition to clean energy. (Karen Murphy/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A new report card on Oregon's transition to clean energy shows a mix of successes and failures. The state received an A-minus for the ways it produces power, getting high marks for passing the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which ensures the state will get 80 percent

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