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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


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Public News Service - WI: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

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

The American Lung Association says climate change makes heat waves more frequent, and heat waves mean more bad air days. (Henry Bleeker/iSotckPhoto.com)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — The current heat wave could directly impact more than a million Wisconsinites who have lung diseases. The high ozone levels can feel like a sunburn in your lungs, said Dona Wininsky, director of tobacco control at the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. And she said in a

Urban heat islands, such as the city of Madison, affect the growing season and wildlife, according to a new University of Wisconsin study. (UW-William Graf)

MADISON, Wis. -- Urban-dwelling plants typically get a head start on the growing season compared with their rural counterparts because of the urban heat-island effect, which causes cities to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. According to researcher Samuel Zipper of the University of Wisco

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin has information that will help pay for asthma medications. (MayerKleinosthein, iStockPhoto.com)

WEST BEND, Wis. – Asthma is a chronic lung disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled. In Wisconsin, one in ten adults and one in thirteen children have asthma. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and Kristen Grimes, who manages the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, recommends that all asthm

University of Wisconsin Health Allergist Dr. Mark Moss has tips on how to get through the long spring allergy season with minimal suffering. (UW Health)

MADISON, Wis. - Old Man Winter didn't do much of a number on Wisconsin this year, but then it seemed like spring would never come. This confused the trees as much as the millions of allergy sufferers in the Badger State. It's tree pollen this time of year that causes eye, nose, and throat misery

Preservation of Wisconsin's natural resources was just one of the many reasons that led Gaylord Nelson to found Earth Day 43 years ago. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Nearly every Wisconsinite knows Earth Day, which will be observed this year on Friday, April 22, was founded by former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Paul Robbins, the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, sits at the actual desk u

Clinton Foundation Ppresident and former UW-Madison chancellor and HHS Secretary Donna Shalala will be the keynote speaker at a global summit in Madison. (UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. - Global climate change is a critical issue that needs more leadership from women, according to Lori DiPrete Brown, associate director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute. That group, and a number of others, are sponsoring the 2016 Global Summit for Women, wh

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