climate change

12:59 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senators to Introduce Variation on Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change

Erica Peterson/WFPL

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) are expected to unveil their version of a carbon tax today.

But the legislation won't be like anything that's been considered before.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Called "fee and dividend," the legislation is an unusual variant on a carbon tax. It would impose a fee on carbon emissions at their source, such as coal mines, raising the price of fossil fuel energy.

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1:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

NRDC Director: Canadian Tar Sands Expansion Would Be Disastrous for the Environment

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

A year ago, President Obama rejected a proposed pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL pipeline is touted by oil companies as a way to expand the amount of oil that’s produced from the tar sands in Alberta, but its construction raises concerns about the environmental effects and climate change.

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3:09 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Report Shows Effect of Waste Heat on Urban Temperatures

A new study says the heat that’s released from buildings and transportation in major urban areas can affect the temperature in cities far away.

The study was published Sunday in Nature Climate Change, and is the first to look at the effects of waste heat on temperature changes. The researchers found that the heat that’s released from buildings and cars in urban areas in the northern hemisphere can raise the temperature by about one degree Celsius.

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2:12 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Environmental Groups Tout Carbon Capture as Part of Climate Change Solution

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A coalition of environmental groups say they’re supporting more widespread use of carbon capture and sequestration technology. The ENGO Network—which includes representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Clean Air Task Force and the Environmental Defense Fund, among others—announced the position at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

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1:38 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

NYT Looks at Whether Climate Change Could Have a "Silver Lining" for Cities

Census Data Wikimedia Commons

As some degree of climate change is already evident, scientists are beginning to look at whether slightly warmer temperatures in American cities could have some indirectly positive benefits.

Obviously, most of the events associated with climate change are anything but positive: ie. flooding and hotter summers. But along with studying how to mitigate those factors, scientists are looking at ways cities could use those warmer temperatures to fight climate change.

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9:11 am
Tue November 20, 2012

The Dust Bowl: Ken Burns Chronicles an Environmental Disaster

Courtesty of the Associated Press

Last night, the second part of Ken Burns' latest documentary premiered on PBS. "The Dust Bowl" tells the story of the people who farmed the Great Plains in the 1920s and 1930s; many stayed on once the ground dried up and dust storms became commonplace, while others moved west to find work.

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11:03 am
Mon November 19, 2012

World Bank Calls for Action on Climate Change

A report commissioned by the World Bank says the Earth is on a path to a climate that is 4 degrees Celsius warmer by the end of the century. In order to slow this down, world leaders will have to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than they're currently doing.

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10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy: Freak Storm or Climate Change in Action?

Visualizations of Hurricane Sandy forming on October 24, 2012.
National Environmental Visualization Laboratory

As Sandy continues to batter most of the northeast, people have jumped to conclusions about what caused--or didn't cause-- the storm.

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8:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Event to Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Civil Rights

Religious and environmental groups in Louisville are coming together to host a talk on civil rights and climate change this week.

Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light is hosting an event on Thursday to discuss the connections between race, faith and climate change.

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4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Group Calls for Obama, Romney to Commit to Climate Change Summit in 2013

Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days.

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