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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - TX: Environment

Millions of acres of uncultivated habitat have been converted to cropland to grow corn and other products used to produce ethanol. (Westend61/GettyImages)<br />

AMARILLO, Texas – A new report examines how the expansion of cropland in Texas and other states under the federal ethanol mandate has contributed to climate-change pollution. The mandate originally was enacted to cut energy imports, reduce pollution and lower fuel costs. But Collin O'Mara, p

TexNet has set up 22 permanent seismic monitoring stations across the Lone Star State, including this one near Van Horn in West Texas. (Texas Bureau of Economic Geology)

AUSTIN, Texas - Many Texans think earthquakes are something they worry about out in California, but Texas officials have just installed a seismic monitoring network to study the frequency and intensity of earthquake activity across the state. The Texas Bureau of Economic Geology's TexNet project wi

The latest Oil and Gas Threat Map identifies schools and child-care facilities located near oil and gas production operations. (Pixabay)

SAN ANTONIO - As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat

Conservationissts are worried that many of the endangered Attwater prairie chickens at a wildlife refuge near Houston may have perished in Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

EAGLE LAKE, Texas - Hurricane Harvey disrupted the lives of millions of people along the Texas Gulf Coast, but also may have damaged or destroyed as many as a dozen critical wildlife habitats. The massive storm, with 120-mph winds and rainfall measured in feet, is believed to have damaged nesting s

Scientists say the uncontrolled release of carbon dioxide is one of the key factors driving climate change. (Pixabay)

LAREDO, Texas – In the wake of devastating damage from Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, the consumer group Public Citizen is touring cities across Texas to talk about climate change. The tour is designed to engage students, scientists, activists, elected officials and the public in

A new report finds that urban waterways in Texas such as the San Antonio River could benefit from green infrastructure to control flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff. (Warshaw/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Rain is the lifeblood of Texas, but a new study shows that when there's too much of it, the state's major cities need to do more to prevent stormwater damage. While incidents such as Hurricane Harvey are extreme examples of urban flooding, a report by Environment Texas shows

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside 7,800 acres in Big Bend National Park to protect the Guadalupe fescue, a type of bunchgrass recently added to the endangered species list. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

TERLINGUA, Texas – The federal government has added a species of bunchgrass found mostly in Texas to its list of endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave Guadalupe fescue protected status and set aside 7,800 acres of the fescue's last U.S. location, in Big Bend National Pa

One report ranks San Antonio as the fastest-growing Texas city projected to have a rapid rise in temperatures as a result of global warming. (Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The effects of climate change on temperatures don't appear to be deterring people from moving to some of Texas' largest cities, according to a new report. The website Sparefoot, which helps people locate storage space, rates the fastest-growing cities in the country by how ra

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