Environment

via U.S. Postal Service

To commemorate this summer’s total solar eclipse the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a new ‘Forever’ stamp that for the first time will feature thermochromic ink.

Mariusz Jurgielewicz, 123rf Stock Photo

Update: Due to weather, the ceremony has been moved to the conference room in the Parks Services Building at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.  

A company contracted to clean up the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is donating 500 red maple trees to the City of Paducah for Earth Day. 

With its spindly legs, distinctive patterning, and absurdly long neck, the giraffe makes a compelling figure on the savanna. But the population of the world's tallest mammal has dropped sharply in recent decades – from about 150,000 in 1985, to fewer than 100,000 today.

Courtesy Berkeley Energy Group, via WFPL

In the first project of its kind, a Kentucky coal company is partnering with a global renewable energy giant to explore putting a major solar installation on a former mountaintop removal coal mine.

Dr. R.W. Van Devender, via fws.gov

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will conduct an animal inventory in a new portion of the John James Audubon Park in Henderson County within the next couple of months.

Ebony Clark, WKMS News

A Murray State University student is leading a 5K Saturday as part of an effort to raise money to build water wells in Haiti.

Wondering how many kinds of trees there are? There's now a database that can answer that.

Scientists from the U.K.-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International say they have compiled the first-ever comprehensive list of all known tree species, totaling 60,065 different kinds.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

Update 2: Per McCracken Co. Sheriff's Office: Ohio River Bridge now open to both lanes, normal traffic.  

Update: McCracken County Sheriff's Department said one lane of traffic has re-opened.

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is moving forward with new regulations that weaken the state’s prior review of coal ash landfills. If they are enacted, there will be no comprehensive permitting process for the large-scale landfills that hold coal combustion waste near power plants.

Brian Jackson/123rf Stock Photo

Illinois climate experts say the state saw a rainy March with statewide precipitation more than a half-inch above normal.

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