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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
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
About 185 participants joined the Kansas Herpetological Society in a herpetological survey in western Russell County over the weekend.
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.
The Kansas House has advanced a bill to set up a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
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.
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
Kansas' utilities regulator would have the final say in preparing a greenhouse gas reduction plan under a bill in the state Legislature.
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.
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
• 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 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
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.
The next NASA satellite is set to launch in two weeks. The satellite will focus on the affects aerosols have on clouds and precipitation.
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.
Along with changes in the polar regions, NASA researcher Jack Kaye says there have been other noticeable differences in the earth.
NASA expert Jack Kaye says observations from space show a dramatic reduction in sea ice near the polar region, a sign of climate change.
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.