Environment

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

The National Weather Service in Paducah says it’s likely going to be sunny and hot on August 21 on the day a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. and will be at the point of greatest eclipse in the region.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

The National Weather Service is warning of a heat wave this week, with an extended period of heat and humidity and heat indices reaching more than 100 degrees through Sunday. 

Glynis Board | Ohio Valley ReSource

  Despite the Trump administration’s support for the coal industry, the power sector is moving toward more use of natural gas. Even the Ohio Valley, where coal has long been king, the switch to gas is underway, with big implications for the region’s economy and environment. Glynis Board reports on two facilities that illustrate the power struggle underway.

A massive iceberg the size of Delaware has broken free from Antarctica and is floating in the sea.

Earlier Wednesday, scientists announced that the 6,000-square-kilometer (about 2,300 square miles) iceberg had come loose, after satellites detected it had calved off the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula.

JOHN MACGREGOR, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SOUTHEAST REGION, FLICKR COMMONS (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kentucky Waterways Alliance spokesperson Bijaya Shrestha said the possible repeal of the Clean Water Rule could make it harder to keep wells safe.

Natural disasters in the United States may cause an increase in poverty and a widening economic gap between rich and poor, according to a new study published in Scientific American.

The magazine looks at events in the United States from 1920 to 2010 and finds that major natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes resulted on average in a 1-percentage-point increase in poverty in affected areas.

NPR's ongoing investigation of the advanced stage of the fatal lung disease that afflicts coal miners has identified an additional 1,000 cases in Appalachia.

That brings the NPR count of progressive massive fibrosis, the most serious stage of the disease known as black lung, to nearly 2,000 cases in the region, all of which were diagnosed since 2010.

Land Between the Lakes via Facebook

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has come up with a plan to treat fire ants and is seeking public comment on the proposal.

ky.nrcs.usda.gov

  Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner is applauding a recent proposal to rescind the 2015 federal Clean Water Rule. Earlier this week EPA head Scott Pruitt  proposed changing the definition of “waters of the United States” or WOTUS.

TVA.gov

  Shawnee Fossil Plant in Paducah is getting closer to it’s goal of reducing its gas emissions. TVA spokesperson Scott Brooks said the project is about 80 percent complete and should be finished by the end of this year.

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