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12:06 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

In Wake of Polar Vortex, Let's Talk About Climate Change

Retreating ice, Punjack Jaya, Papua, 2011.
Keith Mountain

This week's polar vortex elicited comments on climate change from both sides of the aisle. Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh were quick to suggest that the presence of cold weather debunks hundreds of thousands of years of climate data, while the

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Environment
10:44 am
Fri January 10, 2014

A Coal-Cleaning Chemical Spills in West Virginia, Prompting State of Emergency

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

My former home of Charleston, West Virginia—as well as an nine county radius—is under a state of emergency today after an unknown amount of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol spilled into the Elk River. The river supplies drinking water to the area.

The spill happened at a chemical plant that manufactures a product used to wash coal at processing plants in the region. Now, as many as 100,000 people, and possible more, have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with their tap water.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Obama Announces 'Promise Zone' Initiative, Including One in Southeastern Kentucky

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

President Obama has announced a new federal initiative to increase economic development in five areas around the country, including southeastern Kentucky. The commonwealth’s “Promise Zone” will include eight counties (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley), all coal-producing.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

LG&E, KU Set Energy Consumption Records During Monday's Cold Snap

Credit LG&E

Monday's cold weather set some new records for energy usage in Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities' service area. From a company news release:

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Environment
2:42 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

EPA Carbon Limits on New Power Plants Expected Tomorrow

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to formally publish tomorrow a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions—namely, carbon dioxide—from power plants.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Results from Blood Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Be Released on Saturday

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.

Researchers will release the overall results of blood testing on residents living close to a former pesticide plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood this weekend.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Study Concludes Carbon Dioxide Could be Stored in Eastern Kentucky's Geology

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experiments at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility near Hanna, Wyoming.
U.S. Department of Energy

The Kentucky Geological Survey has finished the second of two tests to determine whether  carbon dioxide could be stored underground in the commonwealth.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Louisville Seeks Public Input in Long-Range Transportation Plan

Louisville Metro Government is gathering resident input on for a new transportation plan.

The plan is called “Move Louisville” and will look at all the ways people get around Louisville, or would like to get around Louisville—including public transportation, cars, biking, walking.

It’s meant to be a comprehensive long-range plan that will set out the city’s transportation investments, policies and projects for the next thirty years.

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Environment
7:49 am
Wed January 1, 2014

2013 Wasn't a Good Year for Honey Production

ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent. 

The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some combination of pesticide use, viruses and parasites could be to blame.

This is a problem nationwide, but in Kentucky and Indiana weather contributed to both the honeybee die-off and dismal honey production.

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Environment
9:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker

Credit Census Data / Wikimedia Commons

An online tracking system has been launched to help monitor and coordinate tree planting around Louisville as residents and officials work to reach Mayor Fischer’s goal of planting 10,000 new trees by 2015.

To date, nearly 8,400 trees have been planted.

Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission has partnered with Brightside to launch the tracker and officials encourage residents, businesses and neighborhood groups to register all trees planted as early as 2011.

Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, said the winter season is a great time to plant trees.

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