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Kansas wild bird populations weathering avian influenza

Wild bird populations in Kansas appear to be unaffected by an outbreak of avian influenza, although one wild goose suspected of having the disease has been tested for it, the state's wildlife disease official said Wednesday.

Kansas House advances bill on EPA emissions plan

The Kansas House has advanced a bill to set up a greenhouse gas reduction plan.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he'll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change. Instead, Obama sought to reassert his authority to make the decision himself, rebuffing GOP lawmakers who will control both the House and Senate for the remainder of the president's term.

Wetlands fans anticipate Baker discovery center opening

A feathered visitor to the Baker Wetlands had Roger Boyd puzzled last week. The newcomer glided among trees and shrubs, ignoring a kestrel’s feigned attacks and cries. As he watched, Boyd, director of natural areas for Baker University and a lifelong birdwatcher, was much more thrilled about the unidentified raptor’s presence than was the upset kestrel. “I don’t know what it is, and that disturbs me,” Boyd said. “It’s black. It’s not a red tail. I need to get my binoculars out and see.” Right now, wetlands visits are pretty much limited to wildlife. But later this year, the 11,000-square-foot Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center will open. By Elvyn Jones

Utilities regulator would set pollution rules under bill

Kansas' utilities regulator would have the final say in preparing a greenhouse gas reduction plan under a bill in the state Legislature.

Earthquakes strike in southern Kansas again

South-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday experienced the second batch of manmade earthquakes in four days with magnitudes reaching as high as 3.9 and 4.1.

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.

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.