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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
10:26 am
Fri September 21, 2012

First "CycLOUvia" Will Close Part of Bardstown Road to Vehicles Oct. 14

Ciclovia in Bogota.
MacAllenBrothers Wikimedia Commons

Louisville will block off parts of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue from Broadway to the Douglass Loop on one Sunday in October to encourage walking and biking.

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Environment
8:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Do We Have Enough Water for Our Energy?

Cooling towers at the coal-fired Gavin Plant in Ohio.
Analogue Kid Wikimedia Commons

A new report out from Boston-based Synapse Energy Economics raises a question that doesn't seem to come up enough when talking about energy: what about water?

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Environment
5:59 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Kentucky Close to Settling With Coal Company Over Water Pollution Violations

A lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet against a coal company for water pollution is close to being settled.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Study Says Demand for Local Food Outpaces Supply in Louisville

Vassil Wikimedia Commons

A new survey suggests demand for local food in Louisville exceeds the current supply.

The preliminary results of a study commissioned by local nonprofit and food advocate Seed Capital Kentucky show that Jefferson County residents are already knowingly buying local food—and would buy even more if given the chance.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

CEO Says Proposed Innovation Center Could Make Louisville International Center of Water Research

One of the models for the Water Innovation Center, designed by architecture students at UK's College of Design.
Louisville Water Company

Louisville Water Company officials say they’d like to build an international water innovation center in Louisville. The idea was presented today as part of a pre-Idea Festival conference focusing on water.

Louisville Water Company CEO Greg Heitzman says the idea makes sense in a place like Louisville.

“Essentially what it will do is bring water to the people,” he said. “So what we’re going to be doing is taking what we do inside of our water company box and opening that up to the public.”

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Environment
4:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Water Conference Presenter Advocates for Restoration of Falls of the Ohio

A consultant says Louisville should restore the Falls of the Ohio to its natural state, which would spur tourism. The presentation was part of today’s pre-Idea Festival conference about water.

The Falls of the Ohio are technically still there, but most of the falls have been covered by flooding from the McAlpine dam. Steven Greseth says the dam should be relocated, and the historic falls should be restored.

Greseth says restoring the falls would give Kentucky and Indiana residents a tie to their history to be proud of, and could also boost tourism in the area.

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Environment
12:54 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

More Details Emerge in Indian Coal Scandal, With Possible Problems for Kentucky Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Indian media has been all over the recent scandal over the country’s coal allotments—the system where the state’s resources are divvied up among companies. And the various articles are of obvious interest to Kentucky, where a private company recently inked a $7 billion deal to send up to 9 million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for the next twenty-five years.

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Environment
7:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Coal and the Presidential Election

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

In some states, the 2012 presidential election is turning into a race of who can support coal more.

That's not really in Kentucky, or in West Virginia, where voters will reliably lean Republican in national elections. But as McClatchy Newspapers reports, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are focusing on nearby Ohio.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Federal Grant Gives TARC $4.4 Million to Replace Trolleys

A federal grant that directs more than $4 million to the Transit Authority of River City will help Louisville come into compliance with air quality standards.

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