climate change

Environment
5:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions—like carbon dioxide –from existing power plants next June. But Kentucky regulators are preemptively trying to influence the agency’s decision-making.

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Environment
6:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

In Black Carbon, Scientists Find a Major Source Behind Climate Change

Qannik, a polar bear at the Louisville Zoo.
Credit Kyle Shepherd/Louisville Zoo

Climate change is mainly caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. And the gases mainly come from sources like power plants and vehicle emissions. But scientists have found another major threat to the climate: black carbon particles from wood fires, diesel engines and practically everything else that's burned.

Carbon dioxide has long been the villain behind climate change. That's still the case, but new research suggests CO2 has a sidekick—black carbon.

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Education
6:35 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Public Opposition to Kentucky's New Education Science Standards Delays Process for Creating Tests

Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Public opposition to Kentucky's new science standards has delayed the process for creating student tests tailored to the new material, a state education official says.

The Kentucky Department of Education now plans to delay testing (or assessments) on the Next Generation Science Standards until 2016, at least,  the official says.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

U.N. Climate Panel Recommends Global Limit on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Erica Peterson WFPL

A long-anticipated report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reinforces earlier conclusions that global warming is both real and caused by human activity. In a first, the panel also recommended a ceiling on carbon emissions.

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Environment
10:46 am
Fri September 20, 2013

EPA Releases Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants; Says Won't End Coal Burning

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

The proposed standard sets an emissions limit of 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for large natural gas plants, and 1100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal and smaller natural gas plants.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

McConnell Introduces Bill to Block Carbon Standards for Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new carbon emissions standards for power plants.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Has 'Obligation' to Address Climate Change, Beshear Says

Kentucky Governor's Office

On a day when Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are taking turns urging restraint on climate change and touting coal, Gov. Steve Beshear took a more middle-of-the-road approach. The governor said Tuesday that he believes the commonwealth has an obligation to address climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, but he believes it can be done in a way that doesn’t omit coal entirely.

In his address to the 37th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, Beshear echoed a majority of scientists, saying climate change is both happening and influenced by human activity. And in light of that, Kentucky will have to adjust, and work with federal regulators.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses

A new report says farmers are relying too much on crop insurance to manage the risks of farming, and soil conservation would be a better long-term solution.

From 2001 to 2010, the Federal Crop Insurance Program averaged about $4 billion a year in payouts to farmers for lost crops. Last year, that amount was a record-breaking $17.3 billion to farmers across the country…nearly all for crops lost because of drought, heat and hot wind. More than $1.5 billion of that money went to farmers in Kentucky and Indiana.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Senate Committee Discusses Value of Addressing Climate Change

Superstorm Sandy.
NASA

Last month, President Obama released details of his plan to reduce carbon pollution, echoing 98 percent of scientists who say there’s overwhelming evidence that climate change is real, and it’s being influenced by human activities. But at a Senate committee hearing today, the debate shifted from whether climate change is real to whether it’s worth addressing.

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Environment
8:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Where Do Kentucky's Congressmen Stand on Climate Change? Hard to Tell

Erica Peterson WFPL

Later this week, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on climate change. Called “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now,” the committee’s Democrats are calling on scientists, economists and insurance experts to discuss the science behind climate change, and how it’s affecting the country. That’s Thursday at 10 a.m.

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