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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Meteorologists: Frigid Canadian Air To Linger For Ten Days

Overnight temperatures could fall into the teens for the first time in months.
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National Weather Service meteorologists say the cold snap heading to Indiana beginning Tuesday night is going to hang around for at least the next ten days.

"Teens and twenties at night and thirties for highs," says National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan. "Still looks like potential maybe for some light snow on Sunday and then also some maybe some later next week. But again, that being out a few days -- need to fine-tune that."

Ryan says the system is funneling cold air down from Canada over much of the eastern U.S.

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Environment
10:16 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Land Trust Preserves Indiana’s Last Old-Growth Forest

The Central Indiana Land Trust bought the 150-year-old Meltzer Woods in Shelby County, Indiana for $288,000.
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Phil Meltzer, 88, was born in a small house on the land his family owned since 1857.

“I remember one time when we were kids we built a little cabin out in the woods and went coon-hunting with the boys at night,” Phil says.

Meltzer Woods has also been in the Meltzer family for over 150 years and the trees have been left untouched, making it the last unpreserved old-growth forest left in Indiana.

Now, the Central Indiana Land Trust has bought the 48 acres of intact woods.

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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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