Environment

Environment
4:53 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Sustainability analysis underway in Lafayette

An organization focused on a cleaner environment and sustainability is in Lafayette this week outlining ways to improve one of the city’s neighborhoods.

Global Green USA is conducting consultations on how to make the Historic Centennial Neighborhood more efficient and eco-friendly.

Lafayette is one of eight communities in the country picked to participate and received grant funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to help finance the initiative.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Lafayette parking garage goes green

Duke Energy's Kevin Johnston discusses the new electric vehicle parking stations

New lights and two charging stations are part of a Green makeover of a Lafayette parking garage.

The City installed two electric vehicle charging stations and nearly 150 LED lights on the Fifth Street structure downtown.

John Christodoulakis is a member of the Lafayette Parking Commission and owner of Red Seven Bar and Grill.

He says the green technology shows the city’s commitment to a cleaner community, which benefits both residents and businesses.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Global Warming Could Cause More Frequent Flooding For 3.7 Million In U.S.

According to the report, by 2050, there is a 1 in 6 chance a storm could force water above the 4 foot level. That would mean most of South Florida would be under water.
Climate Centeral

According to new research, 3.7 million Americans who live at elevations close to high tide could face more frequent flooding because of the sea rise caused by global warming.

The New York Times reports:

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The Salt
12:01 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Farmers Face Tough Choice On Ways To Fight New Strains Of Weeds

Adam Cole NPR

OK, so this story is about weeds and weedkillers, neither of which is ever the hero of a story, but stay with me for a second: It's also about plants with superpowers.

Unless you grow cotton, corn or soybeans for a living, it's hard to appreciate just how amazing and wonderful it seemed, 15 years ago, when Roundup-tolerant crops hit the market. I've seen crusty farmers turn giddy just talking about it.

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Energy
12:01 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?

A worker hangs from an oil derrick near Williston, N.D. The state now produces 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and production continues to rise.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 8:17 pm

Rising gas prices have been the big energy story of the past several weeks. But many energy experts say that's a sideshow compared with the really big energy event — the huge boom in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. that could help the nation reach the elusive goal of energy independence.

Since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, energy independence has been a Holy Grail for virtually every American president from Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama.

But now, it might just be within reach.

The Shale Gale

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Environment
11:10 am
Tue March 6, 2012

WL WWTU increasing its green efforts

January was a record month for processing food waste at West Lafayette's waste water treatment plant.

Utility director Dave Henderson says 36-tons was collected from the Purdue Memorial Union and dining courts on campus.

He says along with the 26,000 pounds of fats, oils, and grease that were processed in January, the plant was able to generate 20% of the electricity needed for its operation.

Henderson says that saved the city more than $5,000.

He says the utility will continue to look for ways to increase the amount of power the plant produces in-house.

Law
4:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Deal Reached On Gulf Oil Spill Victims

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:51 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Lawyers for BP, and thousands of people affected by the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill, had been expected, for a long time, to be in a New Orleans courtroom this morning for a civil trial. Instead, they're reviewing a deal to settle the case.

BP estimates it would pay nearly $8 billion in the settlement. In exchange, the company would avoid revisiting, in a courtroom, what led up to the drilling rig explosion that killed 11 men and poured massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Lafayette Wastewater Treatment Plant Improves Efficiency

The Superintendent of Lafayette’s wastewater treatment plant says it’s more efficient than four years ago.

Brad Talley says the Water Pollution Control department has taken steps to reduce electrical and natural gas consumption.

Natural gas consumption is down by 50-percent and electrical consumption by about 40-percent since 2007.

He says that has made the facility more environmentally friendly.

He says the savings come as the amount of flow has increased by nearly 10-percent.

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The Salt
2:51 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Weird Winter Has Gardeners Itching To Plant, Despite The Risks

Plant now, and in a month your spinach might look like this. It's a hardy plant that can survive late frost.
iStockPhoto.com

Right about now, gardeners are aching to get out and plant. Usually, in the February dregs of winter, that desire is dashed by cold, wet, maybe even frozen soil. But this year is different.

Here in Washington, D.C., snowdrops came up almost a month ago, and the daffodils have been blooming for two weeks. It's tempting to think that if these harbingers of spring showed up three weeks ahead of schedule, it's safe to plant early, too.

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U.S.
3:57 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

What Happens If The Keystone XL Pipeline Isn't Built?

A mock oil pipeline near Cushing, Okla.
Brent Baughman/NPR

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:56 am

Part two of a two-part series on the Keystone XL pipeline

Gas isn't like a rare bottle of wine that fetches a high price just because it's rare. But at the same time, no one can agree what drives gas prices. Demand for gasoline in the U.S. is at its lowest point in more than a decade; domestic oil production is at an eight-year high.

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