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Environment
3:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Chief Says Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signs new regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:48 pm

New federal regulations that aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will have a large economic upside, largely through health savings, says Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"We are talking by 2030 having $90 billion in benefits," McCarthy told NPR's Robert Siegel in an interview airing on All Things Considered.

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Environment
2:39 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Western Kentucky Horse Owners Unite at MSU Equine Expo

Murray State's Hutson School of Agriculture teams up with the University of Kentucky agriculture equine program to host A Western Kentucky Equine Farm and Facilities Expo this week Murray State University. The event is open to anyone involved with horses or interested in them. Barn Manager Alysia Conover joins Sounds Good today to talk about the the expo and shares some insight into Murray State's Equine Center.

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Environment
9:07 am
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

The EPA is proposing rules that would govern carbon dioxide gas emissions by U.S. power plants. Here, coal is transported via conveyor belt to the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in March.
Jim Urquhart Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 10:52 am

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: Proposed Rule Published

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Environment
2:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Tennessee May Have Natural Gas to Thank for Major Drop in Carbon Emissions

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Carbon emissions in Tennessee dropped by a third over five years, according to a new study. It says the closure of coal-fired plants and the historically low price of natural gas are driving the trend.

“That has meant a less carbon-intensive fleet of electric-generating facilities within the state,” said Christopher Van Atten, the study’s lead author.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky's at the Top of the List for Carbon Dioxide Pollution

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A new report on U.S. power plant emissions says Kentucky has the highest rate of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.

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Environment
12:28 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Oh, The Wildlife You'll See Along the Trails at Pennyrile State Resort Park

Pennyrile State Resort Park Naturalist Rebecca Clark

Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park's season for special events for not only Park guests, but also day visitors from around the region. The park features a white sandy beach along Pennyrile Lake and trails in the woods, along which you're bound to see some critters. Naturalist Rebecca Clark joins Kate on Sounds Good to talk about the park's environment.

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Environment
6:44 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Talking Bees with New State Apiarist

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Tammy Horn will join the State Department of Agriculture in just over a week as Kentucky's new state apiarist.

Horn is a senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky University and nationally known beekeeping authority.  Significant bee loss problems have caused great concern for honey makers for several years.  While there has been a slight improvement in bee numbers in pocketed areas, Horn says it's still a tough situation.
                            
"My role as a state apiarist is very simple, I have to increase bees and I have to increase beekeepers because I am trying to make sure that if there are food 

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Environment
3:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

[UPDATE: Snakes of West KY Slideshow] Are We In for a Snake-y Summer?

UPDATE: We've added the complete "Snakes of Western Kentucky and Neighboring States" slideshow presentation compiled by Dr. Ed Zimmerer.

Seen a sneaky snake lately? This year's lush spring/summer weather may mean lots of biological activity - including snakes, though it doesn't necessarily mean we're in for a 'snake-y summer.' To explain, local snake expert and Murray State Jones College of Science Engineering and Technology Professor Dr. Ed Zimmerer joins us on Sounds Good to talk about all things snakes.

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Weather
6:52 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Storms Cause Damage Locally

The National Weather Service reported the storm system that passed through Western Kentucky Wednesday produced high winds  that blew walls and roofs off several buildings and downed powerlines. Most of the damage occurred in Christian County, northeast of Hopkinsville between 4 and 5pm.

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Puppies Sound Good
2:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Lil Girl

Today we met Lil Girl, a sprightly 7-week-old border collie/basset hound mix. She was very friendly to everyone who came to greet her at the station, even the mailman! Several remarked on how pretty her paws are. Lil girl is already very well socialized, currently living with a foster family that includes children and other pets. She is also up-to-date on vaccinations and is microchipped. She and her siblings are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Hear the interview from Sounds Good:

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