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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

Drilling boom brings rising number of harmful waste spills

Carl Johnson and son Justin, who have complained for years about spills of oilfield wastewater where they raise cattle in the high plains of New Mexico, stroll across a 1 1/2-acre patch of sandy soil — lifeless, save for a scattering of stunted weeds.

Kansas seeks delay in new clean air rules

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined 15 other states in asking the EPA to delay implementing new pollution limits on power plants. The rules aim to reduce carbon emissions from power plants to address the threat of global climate change. By Peter Hancock

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Kansans bracing for battle over EPA's Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency released its much-awaited Clean Power Plan on Sunday, calling for a 32 percent reduction in carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 2030. But Kansas lawmakers passed a bill this year that could make implementing such a plan difficult. Meanwhile, environmental and business groups are gearing up for a battle over the new rules. By Peter Hancock

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Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.

Earthquakes in Kansas, Oklahoma prompt meeting over fracking

Environmental groups from Kansas and Oklahoma are hosting a public event this weekend that aimed at raising awareness about earthquakes and a hydraulic fracturing process commonly known as fracking.

Some Kansas environmental groups disappointed with clean energy compromise

A bill that changes the state's renewable energy standards for electric utilities into voluntary goals is now on its way to Gov. Sam Brownback. But some environmental groups are still disappointed in the compromise worked out between the wind industry and conservative free-market political groups that opposed the old requirements. By Peter Hancock

Renewable energy bill more about ideology than environment

The Kansas House and Senate could start taking acting as early as Wednesday to repeal a 2005 law that requires electric utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their power from renewable resources such as wind by 2020. But neither the electric industry nor their customers asked for the bill. Instead, it came from outside groups who said the "renewable portfolio standard" interfered with free-market economics. By Peter Hancock

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Counting critters: The Kansas Herpetological Society takes a field trip

About 185 participants joined the Kansas Herpetological Society in a herpetological survey in western Russell County over the weekend.

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.