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Site of chemical plant explosion had previous EPA violations

A chemical plant in Neodesha that was the site of a dangerous explosion Wednesday had a history of violating federal environmental rules and paid a $10,000 fine in 2009 for using a banned substance in one of its products.

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With a $12 million utility bill, KU efforts to conserve energy starting to pay off

KU reduced energy use enough over the past year to meet — and exceed — its overall energy consumption goal, according to the university’s most recent campuswide energy report.

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Conference at Haskell explores how climate change affects American Indians

Indigenous scholars and stakeholders from across the United States are convened at Haskell Indian Nations University this week for a conference on climate change. “Climate Changed: Reflections on Our Past, Present and Future Situation” is the title of the gathering of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, which was established 10 years ago at Haskell.

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As city embarks on plan to deal with emerald ash borer infestation, so does KU

With the destructive emerald ash borer presumably on its way to spreading through Douglas County, Kansas University has made tentative plans to try to save some notable ash trees on campus while monitoring more than 200 others.

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence explores humanity's relationship with nature in 'Impermanent Lines'

When Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence Amanda Maciuba visited the Baker Wetlands for the first time last fall, she saw tire tracks etched into the dirt, evidence of a road being built, land that had been recently dug up in preservation efforts. Several months later, the area is starting to resemble a wetland more and more, she says, albeit one created and managed by human forces.

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Talk about climate change 'heats up' with Percolator exhibit

Nearly a year ago, the city of Lawrence was abuzz — pun intended — with talk of cicadas. Entomology enthusiasts had waited 17 years for the precious few weeks in late spring 2015 when tens of millions of periodical cicadas would crawl out from underground to mate, make a lot of noise in the process, and die.

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KU butterfly expert: Monarch resurgence encouraging but habitat restoration must continue

This winter’s big rebound of Mexico’s monarch butterfly population is good news, Kansas University’s resident butterfly expert says, but it hardly means we don’t need to worry about the monarchs anymore.

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Legislation limiting environmental action on tap when lawmakers return

Legislative committees will look at bills pushing back against federal environmental regulations when lawmakers return Wednesday after their weeklong break.

Kansas Nature Conservancy gets $2 million gift to help polluted waterways

The Nature Conservancy has received a $2 million gift to begin a “Healthy Streams Initiative” to improve polluted waterways in the state. The gift from the David T. Beals III charitable trust is the largest in the history of the conservancy’s Kansas Chapter, the nonprofit’s top Kansas official said Wednesday. “We all want to protect and improve water in Kansas,” said Rob Manes, state director of the Nature Conservancy in Kansas.

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Two Kansas lawmakers urge KCC to halt Clean Power Plan preparations

The chairmen of the House and Senate utilities committee sent a letter last week urging the Kansas Corporation Commission to halt preparations for complying with the federal Clean Power Plan. A law enact

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 ...

Kansas Herpetological Society field trip

Over 100 participants joined the Kansas Herpetological Society in a herpetological survey near Russell, Kansas, April 25 and 26. Snakes, frogs, turtles, toads, skinks and salamanders were counted and collected on an 11,000-acre property in western Russell County.

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.