Activist McKibben Discusses Climate Change, Keystone XL Pipeline in Louisville

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben says it’s not too late to reverse the effects of climate change. McKibben made the comments in a speech to the Louisville Rotary Club today as part of the Festival of Faiths. McKibben has been in the news most recently for leading a movement opposing the Keystone XL pipeline,… Continue reading Activist McKibben Discusses Climate Change, Keystone XL Pipeline in Louisville

UCS Study Links Climate Change, Higher Ozone Levels

Louisville is mired in a string of unhealthy air days, and the ozone levels expected today and tomorrow will be the highest the city has seen so far this year. A study recently released suggests links between climate change and increased ozone exposure. Ozone happens when pollution from exhaust and industries combine and chemically react… Continue reading UCS Study Links Climate Change, Higher Ozone Levels

McConnell Seeks to Stop EPA From Further Regulating Carbon Emissions

McConnell calls such regulations “a back-door national energy tax,” and says they would lead to higher prices for gasoline, groceries, electricity and natural gas.

Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has filed similar legislation in the House.

Carbon is a common pollutant and is linked to climate change. For more on the science of carbon emissions, watch this video from NPR and Robert Krulwich.

State To Continue Contract With Climate Change Consultant

Last week, a legislative oversight committee refused to renew a $200,000 contract the state has with the Center for Climate Strategies. The center is assisting a state panel looking for ways the commonwealth can cope with climate change. Apparently some lawmakers fear the center’s efforts will hurt the state’s coal industry, but Gov. Beshear disagrees.

Psychology Joins Fight Against Global Warming

A recent state-sponsored survey showed that only one percent of Kentuckians rank global warming as the most pressing environmental problem, even though scientists have been warning us about the consequences for years. But some emerging research may hold the key to helping us understand why we do—or don’t—care enough to act. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland Gourlay reports.

Climate Change Could Cost Us

Developing and developed nations could lose up to 12 percent of their GDP because of climate change. That’s the finding of a new report from consultancy McKinsey and Co., in cooperation with the European Union, nonprofit groups, and businesses. In other climate change news…Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed an order today establishing a department-wide approach to coordinating responses to climate change.

No More Migration?

Some bird species once commonly found in Kentucky and surrounding states are moving farther north each year, according to the Audubon Society. Take the Red-breasted Merganser, for example. This fish-eating duck, the society says, has moved its range northward over the past 40 years more than 300 miles. They’re apparently more abundant in Minnesota now than they once were here. The reason? Climate change.