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Environment
4:40 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Report Says Climate Change Effects Already Felt in the Southeast, Will Worsen

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A new report says climate change and variability is already affecting 11 southeastern states, including Kentucky, and it’s projected to worsen over the next two decades.

The report released by non-profit Climate Nexus represents the work of more than 100 scientists from various governmental and private organizations. It’s a comprehensive look at the effect climate change will have—and is already having—on the region.

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Environment
6:44 am
Tue November 12, 2013

TVA Recreation Season Comes To A Close

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The Tennessee Valley Authority says its campgrounds and visitor centers at TVA dams and reservoirs are reducing hours or closing as the 2013 recreation season comes to an end.

TVA campgrounds on Cherokee, Douglas, Melton Hill and Wilson dam reservations will close Monday.

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Environment
6:55 am
Mon November 11, 2013

KY Crops Coming In Strong

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Kentucky's bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production. It's a dramatic turnaround from last year's struggles for grain farmers, weighed down by a combination of drought and extreme heat.

Statewide corn production is forecast to reach a record 247 million bushels.

That’s up 138% from last year's production according to a report Friday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Environment
6:45 am
Mon November 11, 2013

LBL Opening Reservations This Week

Land Between The Lakes is taking reservations for the 2014 camping season starting this week. 

People wanting to camp between March 1 and 23 may make a reservation beginning tomorrow (Tuesday). For March 24 to April 14, reservations may be made starting Wednesday.

Starting Thursday, reservations may be made for the period from April 15 to May 11.

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Environment
11:40 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Fracking Wastewater Transport Gets Industry Support, Environmentalists Concerned

The U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed policy change to allow the transport of hydraulic fracturing wastewater on rivers has some environmental groups voicing opposition, citing safety concerns. The Kentucky Waterways Alliance says the wastewater might be too hazardous.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

LBL Planetarium on How to Best View the Night Sky

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An advantage of our beautiful rural region is the limited brightness factor, so the night sky is far more enjoyable around here than in urban areas. LBL's Golden Pond Planetarium Manager Ross Workman describes the pleasure of viewing with Kate Lochte. West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers gather at the Golden Pond Observatory in Land Between the Lakes for an educational program about choosing and using binoculars and telescopes this Saturday, after the 5:30 pm Planetarium Show. 

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Environment
6:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KSEC Pushes Universities on Renewable Energy

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is making its voice heard across the state on energy issues.

The activist group is planning to petition for a sustainable projects fund at Murray State tomorrow.

KSEC also plans a demonstration at the University of Kentucky basketball game in Lexington to protest the use of coal severance funds in the renovation of Rupp Arena.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Paducah Photographer Raises Money for Asian Carp Documentary

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During Sounds Good today, we met Paducah photographer Glenn Hall who has launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money to assist in night filming a documentary about the invasion of Asian carp in area waters, a project Hall's been working on since the floods of 2011. See more about the documentary on Indiegogo
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Environment
11:28 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Coast Guard Considers Changes In Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Transport On Rivers

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The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a policy change to allow the transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on inland waterways.

Oil and gas companies currently transport most of their wastewater by truck from the shale fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania to states with lighter regulations on storage, like Texas and Louisiana.

Now companies want to take the river route to save on fuel and personnel costs. But chemicals and other minerals in the wastewater could prove too risky to move by barge.

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Environment
7:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery

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Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.

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