climate change

8:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

India Coal Deal Bad News for Climate Change

A recent deal to send millions of tons of Appalachian coal to India could bring billions of dollars to Kentucky coal producers over the next twenty-five years. But it’s not very good news for climate change.

The deal will ship up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India for the next 25 years. This is a lot of coal—nine million tons is actually about equivalent to the amount of coal purchased by the state of Virginia in 2010.

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5:40 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Carbon Emissions are at 20-Year Low

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

The Associated Press reports that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere is at the lowest level in two decades. The information is from the Energy Information Administration, and though the story doesn’t mention this, it’s actually just a measure of the CO2 being released by the nation’s energy sector.

Government officials are pointing to a drop in coal burning and an increase in natural gas for the decline.

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4:35 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Air Pollution Control District Calls for Action on Local Heat


Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is taking a look at Louisville’s rising temperature. In a meeting today, board members discussed the city’s declining tree cover and how a lack of protective legislation is contributing to the problem.

Louisville recently placed first on a list of fifty cities suffering from rising temperatures. Georgia Tech University Professor Brian Stone described the city as the “climate change center of the United States.” 

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4:51 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded in Continental U.S.

It's official: last month's heat wave (which cooked Louisville as well as most other states in the region) was the hottest ever on record in the continental U.S. According to an Associated Press story, this beats the record set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

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10:24 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Noted Climatologist Concludes Recent Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

NASA climatologist James Hansen has produced new research that ties the record heat waves the world has experienced over the past decade to climate change.

Hansen's paper will be published today, and in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post he previewed his findings. He and his colleagues analyzed 60 years of weather patterns and have found that extremely hot summers are increasing in frequency.

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6:26 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Rising Temperatures Could Also Increase Ozone Levels in Next Decade

The summer has just begun, and Louisville has already seen dangerously high levels of ozone pollution on thirteen days. Scientists are predicting that ozone could become an even bigger problem as average temperatures rise.

Ozone is created when pollution from cars and smokestacks cooks in summer heat. Louisville’s seen a lot of it lately, and nearly every week there’s been at least one warning that the air outside could be unhealthy for at least some people.

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11:04 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Gas Planet: A Documentary About Natural Gas and Climate Change

Coming up at 1:00 this afternoon, WFPL will air "Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate Change." This hour-long documentary produced by The Allegheny Front examines the rise of natural gas, fueled by low prices, abundant resources and a lower carbon footprint than coal.