global warming

Three New US Energy Plans Worry Governor

by kespeland on February 3, 2010

The initiatives have to do with biofuels for transportation, biomass crops for energy, and capturing and storing carbon from coal-fired power plants.  One new requirement is that makers of some biofuels must demonstrate their products generate significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline– from the first seedling to the gas tank.

Another is for a coordinated federal strategy to develop technologies for carbon capture and storage, and to ensure several new demonstration plants are online by 2016.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has written a letter to the president, claiming any regulatory changes for coal would stifle the industry and hurt the nation’s energy supply.

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Biomass: Energy of the Future?

by kespeland December 2, 2009

States throughout the Ohio River Valley are stepping up efforts to produce more electricity from renewable sources. One increasingly popular option is biomass—such as wood chips or agricultural waste. In Kentucky, the Governor has convened a task force to develop the state’s biomass potential. But in Indiana, two proposed biomass plants aren’t so welcome.

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Green in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill This Week

by kespeland May 15, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives is shining its legislative spotlight on the environment this week. House Democrats have been hashing out the details of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a bill sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The bill is the first climate change legislation to get environmentalists pretty excited.

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Sniffing Out Carbon Dioxide from Space

by kespeland February 17, 2009

NASA has launched a new satellite that will help identify, in unprecedented detail, where carbon dioxide is being emitted and where it’s being sucked up. The idea is to provide a clearer picture of what has happened, what is happening, and what might happen to all of the CO2 humans have produced since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750.

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A Third More Polar Bears Starving

by kespeland January 2, 2009

A report in New Scientist describes new research from the University of Alberta, Canada, showing more polar bears are starving. There’s been a three-fold increase over the past 20 years.

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A Look Back at the Year in the Environment

by kespeland December 29, 2008

2008 was a big year for the environment. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland takes stock of what happened on the front lines and in the headlines.

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Memo to Next EPA Press Sec'y: Read Up

by kespeland December 19, 2008

There’s no debate, it’s been over for quite some time. Global warming is happening, we’re causing it, and it’s getting worse, fast. So, I hope you’ll study up on the copious amount of science out there on the problem.

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Engineering Global "Cooling?"

by kespeland December 18, 2008

Researchers in the journal Nature argued this week that one of the most effective ways to tackle global warming will be to take carbon dioxide right out of the atmosphere.

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What’s On Your Plate vs. What’s In Your Car

by kespeland September 8, 2008

Would you be willing to eat less meat if it could make a difference in global warming?

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Biggest Change Proposed to Endangered Species Act Since '86

by kespeland August 13, 2008

In its final days, the Bush administration is proposing sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act.

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