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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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Environment
4:29 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Pence Opposes New EPA Limits On Coal Power Plant Pollution

Coal-fired power plants are responsible for a large portion of the pollution generated in the United States each year. Indiana has nearly 30 such facilities.
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Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30-percent by the year 2030. 

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Environment
4:58 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Lion In Winter? Indiana Could See 'Cold Air Funnels'

A cold air funnel hovers over Oklahoma. A Purdue meteorologist says they only rarely contact the ground.
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Central Indiana’s rapid temperature shift this week has produced the possibility for a rare weather condition: the cold air funnel.

Mike Baldwin, a meteorology professor in Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says it’s a type of weak tornado.

“During the day when the sun comes out, even a little bit of sunshine will warm up the surface and the low-level air enough for that air to become unstable,” Baldwin says.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Harsh Winter Sapping State's Wine Grape Crops

Wineries around the state are importing more grapes this year to offset losses wrought by a long, cold winter.
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Indiana Vineyards are losing as much as 75-percent of their grape yields this year because of last winter's deep freeze.

Winemakers like David Simmons, co-owner of Simmons Winery near Columbus, knew they were going to take a hit, but are just now discovering exactly how much they’ve lost as their grape vines begin to bud.

"It's been a very difficult winter, we've had a lot of bud damage on the vines," Simmons says.

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Environment
11:55 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peregrine falcon no longer on IN's watchlist

Credit Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana has taken the peregrine falcon off the state endangered species list. The birds were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.

Habitat loss and pesticide use almost wiped out the peregrine falcon population in the 1960s. There weren’t any birds east of the Mississippi River by 1965. Indiana wildlife officials began trying to reintroduce the bird in the early 1990s.

Now those conservation efforts are paying off. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources removed the falcon from the state endangered species list this month.

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