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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
12:09 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Biologists Use New "Bug Index" to Evaluate Ohio River Water Quality

Biologist Ryan Argo disturbing the river sediment in search of macroinvertebrate samples.
Erica Peterson WFPL

For years, biologists have analyzed fish tissue to gauge the water quality in rivers. But in the Ohio River, researchers are now looking at bugs, too.

Ryan Argo and Jamie Wisenall are standing in the shallows of the Ohio River, just outside Owensboro. With long nets, they reach towards the river bottom, scooping up the sediment.

They wade back to the boat, and examine their haul…lots of larvae, and one identifiable leech.

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Environment
10:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Coal Mining Costs are on the Rise

There are lots of factors playing into declining coal production in Central Appalachia: low natural gas prices, high stockpiles of coal after a warm winter and new environmental regulations.

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Environment
11:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports

Energy Information Administration

Coal exports are expected to exceed record levels this year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

By the end of the year, the country is expected to have exported 125-133 million tons of coal—which shatters the previous record of 113 million tons set in 1981. This is largely due to a very strong first six months of the year, and the EIA notes that since then, the global demand for American coal has been slightly waning.

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Bernheim Recognized as One of "America's Prettiest Parks"

Bernheim's visitor center.
Bedford Wikimedia Commons

Congressman Brett Guthrie is in Clermont today to officially recognize Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest as one of "America's Prettiest Parks" with a Congressional Record honor.

Bernheim was included in a Yahoo! Travel post in August that picked eight parks around the country as the nation's prettiest. Here's what they said about Bernheim:

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Environment
3:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

First Shipment in Kentucky-India Coal Deal Delayed

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The first shipment in a huge deal to export coal to India hasn’t yet left Appalachia.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Energy PACs Already Supporting McConnell 2014 Bid

File photo

Mitch McConnell isn't up for reelection until 2014, but the Kentucky senator is already raking in donations from energy-related PACs.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Grant to Pursue LEED Status for NuLu Could Set Stage for Future Sustainability

Louisville’s Downtown Development Corporation has won a grant to pursue LEED designation for the city’s East Market—or NuLu—neighborhood.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and the certification is usually given to buildings that incorporate various energy efficient and sustainable features. But there’s also a LEED neighborhood designation, and now the DDC has   $25,000 to pursue it.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Event to Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Civil Rights

Religious and environmental groups in Louisville are coming together to host a talk on civil rights and climate change this week.

Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light is hosting an event on Thursday to discuss the connections between race, faith and climate change.

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Environment
11:57 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Special Program: BURN: An Energy Journal

The radio documentary that BoingBoing called  a "must listen" is coming to WFPL.

BURN: An Energy Journal is a two-part special that explores "the Impact of Individuals, New Ideas and Revolutionary Technologies on National Energy Policy."

Tonight (Thursday, October 18), we'll broadcast part one: Voting on America's energy future—from hydraulic fracturing to the power of wind. 

Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Groups Sue to Stop Eastern Kentucky Surface Mine

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in hopes of blocking a surface mine permit in eastern Kentucky.

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