climate change

Environment
10:09 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Report Breaks Down Climate Change’s Impending Effect on Kentucky’s Economy

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Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years.

This is the conclusion from a report released today by the nonprofit Risky Business. The organization is dedicated to exploring the economic effects of climate change, and is chaired by liberal billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, as well as former banker and George W. Bush-era Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Kentucky May Get 20 More Days of 95-Plus Degree Heat By Mid-Century, Study Says

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  The number of U.S. residents exposed to extreme heat will quadruple by the middle of this century, due to an increase in days that are over 95 degrees in some regions and a shifting population, according to a new study.

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Environment
8:05 am
Mon May 11, 2015

A Look at Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Comer’s Climate Change Remarks and Agriculture

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  Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial candidates disagree specifically on what evidence proves that, according to them, climate change isn’t happening or influenced by human activity. During a debate on CN2 last month, candidates Will T. Scott and Hal Heiner prefaced their statements with “I’m not a scientist, but…” and Matt Bevin called climate science “fluff and theory.” But Agriculture Commissioner James Comer offered the most specific example.

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Science
11:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Was 2014 The Hottest Year On Record — Or Not?

Icebergs float in Iceland's Jökulsárlón glacial lake, where the Vatnajökull glacier is retreating quickly due to global warming.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:47 am

Since the Jan. 16 release of findings by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) indicating that 2014 has been the hottest year on record, naysayers have criticized the report as being exaggerated and distorted.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Louisville Archdioceses Awaits Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

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This may be the year the world’s developed nations work out a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The meeting is scheduled for Paris in December, but before that, Pope Francis is expected to tell the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics that climate change is an issue relevant to their faith.

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Environment
11:55 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Lightning strikes near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fla., in August. A new study says a rise in average global temperatures due to climate change will increase the frequency of lightning strikes.
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Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 6:46 pm

The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.

But that could be changing.

A new study in the journal Science says that temperature increases due to climate change are ushering in a new era that could mean by the end of the century lightning strikes will be about half again as common as they were at the start of this century.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

USDA Launches Website to Help Landowners Manage Climate Change Risk

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:01 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website designed to provide practical information to farmers, ranchers and landowners dealing with the effects of climate change across the country.

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Environment
6:22 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Where Do Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Coal and Climate Change?

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As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?

None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.

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Environment
6:18 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Lawmakers Skewer EPA, Obama Over Coal Regulations

The EPA and new Carbon Emission reduction rules were scrutinized in a meeting of the Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment Thursday.
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A panel of Kentucky lawmakers is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants

Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment targeted the regulations Thursday which will require a nationwide 30 percent reduction in the gas that climate scientist say contribute to climate change.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How Does Climate Change Affect Kentucky Farmers?

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The US Global Change Research Program released its third climate assessment this week, which found Kentucky farmers could continue to see rising summer temperatures and increased drought in the future.

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