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Environment
9:50 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hoosiers Push To Include Renewables In State Energy Plan

Ryan Zaricki, the founder of Whole Sun Designs, speaks at the rally on the steps of the state capitol on Saturday.
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A group of about 75 Hoosiers gathered on the steps of the statehouse Saturday to launch a campaign aimed at convincing state leaders to make renewables a key part of the Indiana’s energy plan.

Gov. Mike Pence’s administration is in the middle of putting together a proposal for a new statewide energy plan.

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Environment
3:38 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Audubon Report Shows Climate Change Affecting Bird Migration

Birds such as the American kestrel are seeing their habitats affected by climate change.
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A new Audubon Society report claims the combination of climate change and habitat destruction could put a large number of North American bird populations at risk sooner rather than later.

The report predicts that, of the 588 North American bird species observed in the study, 314 are at risk because of decreased climatic range due to rising temperatures over the next century. 

For example, a bird spending winters in Mississippi could soon spend winters in Missouri.  

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Fracking Means Big Bucks, But Can The Money Be Spent On The Environment?

Fracking operations often have to burn off some of the gas they unearth. Wally Tyner says it's one of a number of challenges the industry is trying to address.
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Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking, for short -- has been an economic boon to such states as North Dakota. It's produced never-before-seen wealth in the form of the gas and oil released from rocks deep underground.

A new report from Purdue agricultural economists Wally Tyner and Farzad Taheripour estimates the industry could create as much as $300 billion in wealth for Americans every year through at least 2035.

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Environment
4:11 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Chamber Report: Water, Water Everywhere, But How To Drink?

The report says sources such as the Ohio River mean the state has water to draw upon, as long as the infrastructure is there to transport it to Hoosiers.
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Indiana will face serious challenges when it comes to water resources within the next 20 years if the state doesn’t begin correcting its issues now.  That’s according to the lead researcher in an Indiana Chamber of Commerce report released Friday.

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Environment
3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Report: Indiana Dumps More Pollutants Into Its Water Than Any Other State

The Wabash River (seen here) doesn't ingest nearly as much pollution as the Ohio River does near Rockport.
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A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.

The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17-million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state.

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