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WFPL's Erica Peterson has been reporting on pollution and energy in Louisville since 2011.

These issues are more important than ever as the city, state and region continue to grapple with the ramifications of fossil fuel use, rising temperatures and urban sprawl.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Wendell Berry Conference Will Explore Challenges, Potential in Rural America

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Writers, environmentalists and farmers will gather in Louisville next weekend for the first-ever conference organized by the Berry Center, which address land use, agriculture and food.

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Environment
6:02 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Attorney Plans Suit Against State for Failing to Make Coal Companies Clean Up

A lawyer in Eastern Kentucky has announced his plans to file suit against the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet for allegedly not enforcing its own orders. The suit stems from the cabinet’s 2008 finding that a coal company was responsible for destroying the water supply in a small Letcher County town.

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Environment
11:26 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Final Sustainability Plan Includes Bigger Goals, Tighter Deadlines

Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city’s sustainability plan, and it has several more ambitious goals and initiatives than the draft version.

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Environment
10:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Read the Final Version of Louisville Sustainability Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city's sustainability plan. We'll have more on it later, but here it is in the meantime.

Environment
3:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Poll: Louisvillians More Concerned About Air Quality Than Other Kentuckians Are

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new poll shows that Louisville residents are more concerned about air quality than those living in other areas of the state.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Conservation Scientist Discusses Problems, Potential in the Environmental Movement

M. Sanjayan
The Nature Conservancy

A leading conservation scientist will speak at the University of Louisville tomorrow about the ways the environmental movement can better tackle subjects like climate change.

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Environment
9:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

LG&E, Division of Wildlife Launch Live Web Stream of Peregrine Falcons Nesting at Power Plant

A peregrine falcon at the Louisville Zoo.
Ltshears Wikimedia Commons

Like watching live streamed videos of animals while you're at work? The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife and Louisville Gas and Electric have launched a webcam for the public to view a pair of peregrine falcons which are nesting at LG&E's Mill Creek power plant.

There's not a lot of action in the nesting box right now, but there are five eggs which are expected to hatch sometime this week. Here are some archived videos.

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Environment
1:28 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Energy Efficiency Saves Money, Teaches Lessons at Kentucky School

Richardsville Elementary
Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. But even so, several public school districts have found that it still pays to build energy efficient schools. One such school in Warren County has taken efficiency even further, and is now generating more energy than the building uses.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Abramson Awarded Environmental Steward Award

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson was awarded the 2013 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Steward Award at an annual meeting of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association in Washington, D.C.

The award was presented by General Electric, a company with which Abramson worked extensively during his years as Louisville’s mayor. From the press release:

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Environment
1:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Discarded Electronics Create Environmental Problems Nationwide...Is This the Case in Louisville?

takomabibelot Wikimedia Commons

The New York Times ran a story earlier this week that chronicles the growing problem of electronic waste in America. Even when consumers take their old devices to recycling centers (rather than disposing of them in landfills), often the electronics don’t actually get recycled properly. This made me wonder: is this the case in Louisville?

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