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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
2:27 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Experts Discuss Climate Change, Polar Bears...and Polar-Grizzly Bear Hybrids

A polar bear in Wager Bay in the Canadian Arctic.
Ansgar Walk Wikimedia Commons

Last week, on International Polar Bear Day, WFPL and the Louisville Zoo hosted a discussion about polar bears and climate change in WFPL's studio. The panelists were:

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Environment
12:55 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Obama Nominates New Heads of EPA, Energy Department

Gina McCarthy
EPA

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest Moniz as his new energy secretary.

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Environment
7:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

How Will the Sequester Affect Kentucky's Environment?

The across-the-board federal cuts known as the sequester went into effect Friday and will remain until Congress and President Obama can reach a deal on the budget. And those cuts could have a significant effect on environmental enforcement in Kentucky.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Ex-Massey Executive Implicates Ex-CEO Blankenship in W.Va Mine Case

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A former mine company executive in West Virginia pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from the 2010 disaster at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine. David Hughart was the Massey division president overseeing the mine when it exploded, killing 29 coal miners.

From U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office:

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Environment
5:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Today: Scientists to Discuss Wildlife and Climate Change on International Polar Bear Day

Andrew Derocher

Wednesday is International Polar Bear Day, and the Louisville Zoo and WFPL are marking the occasion with a panel discussion about wildlife and climate change. The panelists include:

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Environment
2:04 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

American Electric Power Agrees to Stop Burning Coal at Coal-Fired Units in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

American Electric Power has agreed to stop burning coal at several coal-fired units in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The company reached a settlement today with a coalition of environmental groups, several states and the Environmental Protection Agency.

From the Sierra Club:

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

LG&E's Plan to Close Ash Pond Could Be Replicated at Other Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric’s plan to put a cap made of coal ash on top of a coal ash pond at the Cane Run Power Plant in southwest Louisville has neighborhood residents concerned. But the head of the state’s solid waste branch says the plan is innovative, and he thinks it can be replicated at other power plants.

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Environment
5:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Kentucky Officials Hopes to Thin Out Carp Population With Carp Madness Tournament

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is tackling the state’s growing problem with Asian carp in a new way: pitting fishermen against each other in a contest to catch the most of the invasive species.

It’s called Carp Madness. For two days next month, teams of commercial fishermen will descend on two Western Kentucky lakes and fill their boats with pounds of Asian Carp. First prize for the most pounds of carp is $10,000.

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Environment
9:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

In Public Meeting, Some Say Louisville's Draft Sustainability Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s sustainability plan was both praised and panned at a public meeting tonight. Many people thought the plan needed to be bolder, while others applauded the attainable goals that were set.

Fischer released the plan last month. It sets an agenda for the next several decades in categories including energy, transportation and the environment.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Coal Without Emissions? A Breakthrough in Chemical Combustion Technology

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to extract energy from coal without burning it, eliminating the greenhouse gases which are usually emitted from the process.

From OSU:

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