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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 - WI: Environment

Gulf Coast fishermen are benefiting from conservation practices used by Wisconsin farmers. (Ken Cedeno/Getty Images)

SPRING GREEN, Wis. – A group of farmers in southwestern Wisconsin's Driftless Area has become acutely aware that what gets into the watershed here can wind up hundreds of miles away. These farmers use conservation practices to keep nutrients on their land and out of lakes and streams. Marg

A University of Wisconsin study says old power plants that kick in to meet peak power demands are also huge polluters of the air. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. - Although the hottest days of summer are still many weeks away, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study is the first to shed light on the exact relationship between air conditioning use and power plant emissions. Soaring temperatures typically coincide with the days of highest ai

A Wisconsin environmentalist says threats to the Earth's environment have increased dramatically. (mspoli/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Events are planned in dozens of communities across Wisconsin on Saturday for the annual observation of Earth Day. Although it is a national observance, Earth Day was founded in Wisconsin 47 years ago by Sen. Gaylord Nelson. This year, the stakes are higher than ever, say environment

Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, including in Wisconsin, according to a new study. (ivandzyuba/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants pumping out more than 500 million gallons of ethanol each year. But a new study shows a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat. Environmental Protection Agency rule

High-capacity wells are causing lakes and streams in Wisconsin to dry up. (TT/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Opponents of a legislative move (HB 105 and SB 76) to drop a provision that would have strengthened protections for Wisconsin's groundwater say it will pave the way for even more high-capacity wells. Some of these wells draw 100,000 gallons a day from aquifers to provide wate

A grassroots Wisconsin citizens group is demanding responsible water policy. (Clean Wisconsin)

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Calling it a first of its kind in state history, several diverse groups of citizens from Northern and Central Wisconsin will make their way to Madison Wednesday for what they're calling a Citizens Water Lobby Day. They are concerned about pollution from the burgeoning number

Farmers are being encouraged to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program. Deadline is Feb. 3. (Jessica Arp)

EAST TROY, Wis. – With the Feb. 3 deadline for applications just a few weeks away, farmers who are interested in enrolling in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's popular Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are being urged to sign up now. Even if you don't have specific pla

A Wisconsin conservationist looks forward to the challenges 2017 will bring. (Jag_cz/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Looking back on 2016, one of Wisconsin's leading conservationists says some of the best things that happened were proposed laws that didn't pass. The State Legislature debated a number of bills that would have directly impacted a huge number of Wisconsinites, but pushback fro

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