climate change

Environment
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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Environment
12:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate

Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.

The Hill's E2 Wire notes that a petition was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

NASA Scientist Discusses Climate Change, Effect on Kentucky

In increasing numbers, scientists are in agreement that the earth’s climate is changing, and human carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to those changes. A NASA climate scientist was in Louisville this weekend to talk about the growing evidence.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Bellarmine Climate Change Symposium is Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Bellarmine University's climate change symposium.

The day-long event (9 am to 3 pm) will feature a presentation by University of Louisville climatologist Keith Mountain, who will talk about his research on receeding glaciers. The keynote speaker is Gavin Schmidt, who's a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. There's also a workshop for K-12 educators, an interactive teleconference from the NASA JetPropulsion Laboratory’s Center for Climate Sciences, and a panel discussion on the biological effects of climate change.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Louisville Zoo Works to Educate Visitors About Climate Change

Qannik the polar bear is part of the zoo's Glacier Run exhibit.
Erica Peterson WFPL

American zoos and aquariums are trying to decide how—and whether—to address weighty scientific topics like climate change in their exhibits. A recent New York Times article says some are afraid of alienating their visitors, and they avoid the issue.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Alabama Plant Begins Capturing, Sequestering Carbon Dioxide

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

A pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide has begun at a power plant in Alabama. The effort at the Barry Electric Generating Station began in full at the end of last month.

The plant is big, and the carbon-capture apparatus is small, so only about one percent of the flue gas is actually being captured. But the fact that the carbon dioxide is also being transported about 12 miles through a pipeline and sequestered deep in the earth is an important step for the technology.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

"What's Next" Library Lecture Series to Address Climate Change

A new lecture series begins this week at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. The “What’s Next” series offers a forum for local researchers to discuss emerging developments in their areas of expertise.

“We’re talking with a lot of folks here in Louisville that are really doing some amazing things,” Library Head of Community Relations Paul Burns said. “That’s one of the things we wanted to tap into, is some of these great resources we have in the community and some exciting stuff that’s happening that people don’t even know about.”

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Environment
12:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Database Charts Information From Largest Emitters of Carbon Dioxide

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

Wondering how much carbon dioxide is being emitted in your country, state, county or Congressional district? I  just came across a cool database produced by CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) that has all of that information.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Inaugural Program in Library Series to Discuss Climate Change

The Louisville Free Public Library is launching a new series called "What's Next" to look at important issues coming up in the future. The first lecture in the series? A discussion about climate change.

From the news release:

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Environment
5:25 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nearly All of Kentucky is Now Officially a "Drought Disaster Area"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated another 68 Kentucky counties, including Jefferson, as drought disaster areas.

With the new drought declaration, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties are the only Kentucky counties not officially in a drought. These counties are all clustered in the southeast part of the state.

University of Kentucky meteorologist Matt Dixon says the drought has been months in the making.

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