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Senate moves to block Clean Power Plan study

The Kansas Senate advanced a bill that blocks the Kansas Corporation Commission from spending any money to study how to comply with the new federal Clean Power Plan until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves a pending legal challenge.

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Kansas oil and gas industries suffer while wind industry prospers

Oil production fell by more than 5 percent in Kansas last year, the first decline since 2009, industry officials told lawmakers Monday. But the wind energy industry continues to prosper, at least for the time being.

Haskell announces scholarship money for environmental science, indigenous studies majors

The Richard David Stutzke Foundation has given $50,000 to Haskell Indian Nations University to fund scholarships for students seeking degrees in environmental science or indigenous and American Indian studies, Haskell announced this week.

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Westar launches projects to make green energy more accessible

Westar Energy announced Monday it's looking for customers to sign up for a "community solar" program that would enable them to buy a certain percentage of their energy from a solar array.

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Incentives for Menard Inc. production facility to go before City Commission

It will be decided Tuesday whether Lawrence’s VenturePark will be the site of a Menard Inc. manufacturing campus, a $25 million project the company says it can’t construct without a requested public incentive package.

Long-standing issues boiling to surface at CURB

Issues dating back to the 1980s and the construction of the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant are still festering among utility regulators in Kansas, leading to new questions about the value and effectiveness of the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, an agency charged with defending the interests of consumers in utility rate cases.

KCC to open hearings on Clean Power Plan

The Kansas Corporation Commission plans to hold public hearings early next year and report to the Kansas Legislature on what is required to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new Clean Power Plan. That regulation requires Kansas to reduce its carbon emissions from power plants by 44 percent within the next 15 years.

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.

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.