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Kansas updates fish consumption advisory

State health officials warn people to limit consumption of fish caught in certain lakes and rivers in Kansas, including the Kansas River between Lawrence and Eudora, because of contamination. The list is updated annually. This year, two bodies of water have been taken off the advisory list. By Peter Hancock

Kansas City suburb studying plastic bag ban

The Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village is considering reducing the use of plastic grocery bags by imposing a ban or fining shoppers who continue to use them.

State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions

The Kansas Electric Transmission Authority said Friday the EPA may be moving too fast to implement a Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. But one legislator who serves on that board went further, challenging the science that shows carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to global climate change. By Peter Hancock

Kansas gets $3.8M federal grant for conservation

Kansas will receive $3.8 million in conservation funding to help landowners protect key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands.

Officials warn of toxic algae levels Kansas lakes

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is cautioning the public about toxic levels of blue-green algae in several lakes.

Report says cancer-causing chemicals used in Kansas fracking

An environmental group says companies engaged in an oil and gas drilling method known as fracking have used chemicals that can cause cancer in four wells in Kansas.

Burning of Flint Hills doesn't have to be in the spring, new study says

The study by E. Gene Towne and Joseph Craine, both researchers in the Division of Biology at K-State, says that burning outside the late spring time frame has no negative effects for the prairie and may have many benefits. By Scott Rothschild

4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

20 years ago, Lawrence prairie blazed the trail for conservation easements in Kansas

Tom Akin's decision 20 years ago to grant his Lawrence prairie as a conservation easement in honor of his wife, Dorothy, paved the way for dozens more Kansas landowners to do the same. The Kansas Land Trust, based in Lawrence, now holds 54 conservation easements across the state, including 11 in Douglas County, making up more than 22,000 acres. By Giles Bruce

KU to host butterfly viewing

Scientists from Kansas University expect thousands of butterflies to emerge from the Fitch Natural History Reservation. Researchers will be on hand to provide information to the public.

Wet spring means pests galore

• The wet spring season will mean more mosquitoes than last year • Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick was flown by air ambulance to KU Medical Hospital after a bicycle accident at Sixth and Kasold Drive around 6:45 ...

New buses, more stops, Wi-Fi envisioned for local transit

The cloudy, wet and cooler weather lingers today with temperatures struggling to reach 48 by the afternoon. Scattered showers are expected, with the best chance for rain in the morning and early afternoon and a breeze from the north around ...

NASA climate expert warns of dire results of global warming

Don't be surprised to see a few scattered showers through the mid-morning or even early afternoon. We'll be dealing with scattered showers for the early part of the day with clearing skies for the afternoon. Our high will top out ...

Global warming downplayed at Kansas chamber event

Plenty of sunshine is in store for the first half of the day with clouds building in for the afternoon. Expect a pleasant 85 degrees for the afternoon with a gusty south wind between 10-25 mph. Showers are possible for ...

Electronics Recycling Event

Bob Akers, deputy director at The Surplus Exchange, discusses what happens to the hundreds of TVs, computers, and microwaves that were dropped off at the Electronics Recycling event at Free State High on Saturday. The City of Lawrence sponsored the annual event designed to encourage recycling of potentially hazardous products.

Treasures, trash collected at Clinton Lake

Jennifer and David Unekis, of Lawrence, with their daughter, Adeline, 9, volunteered with the Pinckney School Girl Scouts to help clean a local park. About 50 people participated in the 28th annual Clinton Lake Clean-up.

Woodsy the Owl at Clinton lake

Woodsy the Owl talks — more like gestures — about keeping Clinton Lake clean at the 28th annual Clinton Lake Clean-up Saturday at Overlook Park. About 50 volunteers combed the park looking for recyclables and trash. For an inside feature on this video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJtmJXGhffg

Crews burn Baker Wetlands south of 31st Street

Roger Boyd, Baker University, and a small crew burned the Baker Wetlands south of 31st Street in Lawrence Monday, April 18, 2011. The annual burn is done to control weeds and promote grass growth.

Next NASA satellite to measure aresoles

The next NASA satellite is set to launch in two weeks. The satellite will focus on the affects aerosols have on clouds and precipitation.

Climate change is real, NASA expert says

Based on data, climate change is real, NASA official Jack Kaye says. But part of the difficulty is discerning how much of the change is caused by nature and how much from humans.

NASA measures earth's changes

Along with changes in the polar regions, NASA researcher Jack Kaye says there have been other noticeable differences in the earth.

NASA expert talks about sea ice

NASA expert Jack Kaye says observations from space show a dramatic reduction in sea ice near the polar region, a sign of climate change.

New trails at the Haskell Wetlands north of 31st Street

Wetlands advocate Mike Caron talks about work being done to the trails on the Haskell Wetlands, which are north of 31st Street. The project, which is organized by Haskell students aims to connect the wetlands on the north side of 31st Street with the Baker Wetlands on the south side.

Solar panels installed at Douglas County offices

Solar panels were installed on the Douglas County Extension Service's building at the Douglas County fairgrounds Wed, Nov. 24, 2010. The panels will reduce the energy bill by about 15% and will provide an educational and promotional tool for the extension to promote energy conservation county-wide.