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7:45 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Indian Newspaper Reports Huge Kentucky-India Coal Deal May Be in Jeopardy

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Hindustan Times is reporting that a government investigation in India could put the huge Kentucky-India coal deal in question. This is the $7 billion trade deal that was announced last month to much fanfare.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Green Roof Unveiled on Housing Authority Building

Metro Housing Authority

One of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s administrative buildings is the city’s newest recipient of a green roof.

There are more than 1,200 plants covering the nearly 17,000 square foot roof on top of the building on Vine Street.

Housing Authority Director Tim Barry says a green roof was a natural choice for the building.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Group Trying to Remove Chair of Electric Co-Op

A group of southern Kentucky businessmen are pushing to remove the chairman of the state's largest rural electric cooperative and making allegations that he has acted improperly.

Somerset businessman John Tuttle is spearheading the drive to oust Rick Stephens of McCreary County as chairman of the South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative. Tuttle says that some people are accusing Stephens of illegal activity, but he believes Stephens has made decisions that "don't pass the smell test."

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Environment
10:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Sierra Club to Hold Rally Against Coal at UK

The Sierra Club is planning a rally at noon today at the University of Kentucky to protest the ties between the school's athletic department and the coal industry.

UK and the coal industry have a fairly close relationship--the men's basketball dorm is called the Wildcat Coal Lodge, after coal industry contributions, and there have been prominent coal advertisements during some athletic events.

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Environment
8:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Solid Waste Public Comments Include Concerns About Handling of Yard Waste

A proposed ban on putting yard waste in plastic bags has won the support of several Louisville residents. The ban was one common element in the 23 written and four spoken comments Louisville’s Waste Management Board received Tuesday evening.

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Environment
1:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Want to Experience the Longest Possible Solar Eclipse in 2017? Head to Hopkinsville

A solar eclipse captured earlier this year in Taiwan.
SSR2000 Wikimedia Commons

On August 21, 2017, Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the place to be.

That's because on that date, the total solar eclipse of the sun will last longer in Hopkinsville than anywhere else in the world. Of course, it'll still only last about two minutes and 40 seconds. But as the Associated Press reports, the area is already seeing a boost in tourism from people who are planning five years in advance.

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Environment
10:40 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Public Hearing Tonight on Five-Year Solid Waste Plan

Louisville's Solid Waste Management division will hold a public hearing tonight on its five-year plan for the city's garbage and recycling programs.

The plan includes a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags for yard waste and expand composting. As I reported last month, at least one member of the solid waste advisory committee is skeptical.

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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
10:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Drought Conditions Could Affect Honeybee Colonies

ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

The drought that’s been plaguing areas of Kentucky and Indiana for much of the summer could end up having an effect on honeybee colonies, too.

Sean Burgess is Kentucky’s state apiarist. He says this time of year is critical for bee colonies, because it’s when they harvest nectar to make the honey that nourishes them through the winter.

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