EPA Moves To Sharply Limit Potent Gases Used In Refrigerators And Air Conditioners

WASHINGTON — In what officials call a key step to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharply limiting domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The new rule, which follows through on a law Congress passed last year, is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout designed to slow global warming. HFCs are...

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Protell, her husband and two young daughters are sitting outside against a horizontal tree log for a family photo. There is dry vegetation in front of them and green trees behind them, which are out of focus.
Courtesy of Tracy Protell

Firefighters are continuing to make progress on the Caldor Fire, which is a relief to many in South Lake Tahoe. At the end of August, the community evacuated, including the area’s hospital, Barton Health. It took about two weeks before the hospital became fully operational again.

It’s an already challenging year for health care providers who are grappling with a pandemic. Barton psychiatrist Tracy Protell shares how she managed professionally and as a parent.

An image of a firefighter looking at flames, standing alone during nighttime.
Courtesy Austin Catlin / Bureau of Land Management

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

Several miners are wearing headlamps in a mine. Some are pushing a metal bin, whereas others are standing and conversing.
Courtesy / Bureau of Labor Statistics

Here’s the latest business news from around Northern Nevada, with Business Beat from the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic.

The delta surge appears to be peaking nationally, and cases and deaths will likely decline steadily now through the spring without a significant winter surge, according to a new analysis shared with NPR by a consortium of researchers advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The proposed federal infrastructure bill would allocate $350 million over five years to build more wildlife bridges and tunnels across the nation’s highways. The investment's intended to reduce the number of expensive and deadly wildlife-vehicle collisions – an issue that's especially acute in more rural Western states. In Wyoming, for example, 15% of all crashes involve wildlife, according to the state's Department of Transportation.

An image of Dean Heller in the U.S. Senate during a subcommittee hearing
Senator Claire McCaskill / Creative Commons, CC BY-ND 2.0

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

Updated September 21, 2021 at 12:25 PM ET

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, President Biden framed the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as ending "a period of relentless war" and starting "a new era of relentless diplomacy."

On a hill in Oakland, Calif., Igor Lacan looks out from under his Stetson hat at the neighborhood below and begins listing trees.

"Maples to birches to plums to liquid amber," says Lacan, horticulture adviser for the University of California Cooperative Extension. "A cedar. I see some palms, and then you've got a monkey puzzle up here!"

A sandy beach that touches the edge of Lake Tahoe. There is smoke in the sky, which is causing trees and mountains in the background to be difficult to see. The smoke is also creating a sepia-like tint over the photo.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

An image of a boat in the middle of Lake Tahoe, with smoke surrounding
Courtesy Katie Senft / UC Davis

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.


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Angelo Monroy Quintet, Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Monthly, live jazz concerts at Reno Little Theater. Presented by KNCJ 89.5, KUNR and For the Love of Jazz.

24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

Limited seating from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Movie Minutes with Robin Holabird

For this week’s Movie Minutes, KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird looks at a film inspired by a true story of a family trying to succeed in a new country — and culture.

A movie poster for the film “The Card Counter.” A headshot of Oscar Isaac. He is looking toward the camera with a stern expression. Silhouettes of playing card suits are layered over the image.
Focus Features

For this week’s Movie Minutes, KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird looks at the latest project from the screenwriter behind Taxi Driver.

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird looks at a new film that explores being a teenager to deaf parents.

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