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A Thousand Voices: Effort to restrict plastic bags in Lawrence gets mixed feedback in latest survey

There’s some uncertainty among those who voted in the Journal-World’s latest online survey about an effort by local environmental groups to restrict single-use plastic bags in Lawrence.

Sustainability board votes to work on proposal to reduce plastic bag use

Lawrence’ Sustainability Advisory Board decided Wednesday to work with environmental groups on a proposal to restrict single-use plastic bags in the city.

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Emerald ash borer infestation could cost city up to $6 million

The price to the city of the anticipated emerald ash borer infestation will be in the millions, a Parks and Recreation official told the department’s advisory board Tuesday.

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City board to hear proposal on restricting plastic bags in Lawrence

Three local environmental groups are taking to the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board next week a proposal to restrict single-use shopping bags by banning them or imposing a fine on shoppers who use them.

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Charles Michener, 'patriarch' of bee research, dies at 97

KU entomologist published more than 500 works over 80-year span

Charles Michener’s fascination with bees and other insects started early — early enough, in fact, that he published his first writings on them when he was just 16. Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on bees, if not the foremost expert, Michener was the Watkins Distinguished Professor Emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator emeritus at the Natural History Museum at Kansas University. Michener died Sunday at age 97.

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KU prof leading $4.2M river study to predict effects of climate change, development

Effort is largest-scale research project of its kind; field work will span 18 rivers in Mongolia and United States

The next few summers will find Kansas University professor James Thorp and teams of researchers in areas of Mongolia up to eight hours away from the nearest city. They’ll be sleeping in yurts, trolling vast rivers in jonboats and plucking specimens from giant Mongolian trout and other fish and water insects. They’ll do similar work on U.S. rivers — covering 18 rivers in all, nine in each country. Thorp is lead investigator on the study, enabled by a recently announced $4.2 million National Science Foundation grant.

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Year-end report: Lawrence residents have taken to curbside recycling

One year after the city's curbside recycling program began, a city official says the first annual report shows the program is popular. But the program has some kinks to work out including problems with recycled glass.

Kansas faces stiff carbon reduction target

Kansas power plants are being told to reduce their rate of carbon emissions by 44 percent over 15 years, a much higher target than most other states. The EPA says that's because Kansas relies more heavily on coal to generate electricity than many other states.

Lawmakers overseeing Kansas' Clean Power Plan would rather overturn rules

New federal rules will require Kansas and other states to adopt plans to reduce carbon emissions from their power plants. But several members of a legislative panel overseeing that process said they would rather see the new EPA rules overturned in court. By Peter Hancock

Wolf Creek at 30: Environmental attitudes toward nuclear power changing

The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant marked its 30th anniversary last week. During its construction in the 1980s, Wolf Creek was the focus of anti-nuclear environmental protests. But that opposition has started to soften as modern concerns rise over the link between climate change and carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. By Peter Hancock

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.