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Lawrence's Earth Day celebration set for Saturday

Crowds stroll down Massachusetts Street in celebration every year, some people playing instruments made from recyclables, others dressed in tie dye or sporting costumes as vegetables or animals. It's almost time again for one of Lawrence's big events, the annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration.

KU biologist suggests ethanol mandate, climate caused dramatic monarch decline

When filling up at the gas station with ethanol, drivers may think they’re helping the environment. Orley "Chip" Taylor, biologist and director of Kansas University's Monarch Watch, disagrees. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act set a national goal of producing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels such as ethanol by 2022, causing corn and soybean production to soar and farmers to turn wild prairie into cropland. In the process, Taylor said, the majority of monarch habitats were destroyed. By Caitlin V. Doornbos

Kansas House committee takes up climate change resolution

A Kansas House committee began weighing a resolution on Thursday that urges Congress to resist following President Barack Obama's plan for addressing man-made climate change during a hearing that highlighted the rival views on the role of humans in global warming.

Lawrence residents gift 165 acres to Salina-based Land Institute

Lawrence residents Jim and Cindy Haines gifted 65 acres of woodlands and pasture in Douglas County to The Land Institute on Friday.

Public comment period opens on proposed changes to permit for coal-fired plant

State environmental officials are seeking public comment to a proposed change in the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build an 895-megawatt coal-burning electric generating plant in southwest Kansas. By Scott Rothschild

Topeka sewage in Kansas River should not affect Lawrence

Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.

KU professor joins climate lawsuit filed by American Indians

Members of some of the country’s native nations are suing the federal government — children being among the plaintiffs — arguing that it has not adequately protected natural resources and air quality. And now a Kansas University associate law professor has joined their cause. By Stephen Montemayor

Reservoir sustainability is key focus of long-term water policy plan ordered by governor

Actions to mitigate sediment buildup could include dredging, streambank stabilization

Two-thirds of Kansans rely on water from the state’s federal reservoirs, for everything from drinking and bathing to irrigation and power, the Kansas Water Office estimates. And as decades worth of sediment flows into them, those reservoirs are shrinking — some drastically. By Sara Shepherd

Despite planned construction, wetlands advocates stay strong

As the chilly October air blew colorful leaves into the swampy waters of the Wakarusa Wetlands, a handful of environmental activists huddled Saturday afternoon at the Baker Wetlands entrance on 31st Street for “Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands.”

KCC approves injection wells in Douglas County

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a permit to inject saltwater in three wells about one mile southeast of Baldwin City.

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

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.