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Ryan Van Velzer has told stories of people surviving floods in Thailand, record-breaking heat in Arizona and Hurricane Irma in South Florida. He has worked for The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press and The South Florida Sun Sentinel in addition to working as a travel reporter in Central America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan is happy to finally live in a city that has four seasons.


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During a House Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday climate scientists and expert witnesses warned Congress that climate change could cost the American economy trillions of dollars.

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The Kentucky Coal Association says former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million pledge to close every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. would “essentially send us back into the Dark Ages.”

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  The multi-state commission overseeing water quality along the Ohio River has adopted voluntary pollution control standards nearly a year after member states considered a plan to abandon the standards entirely.

The plan will keep pollution control standards in place, but gives states more flexibility to implement their own water quality programs while ensuring standards are equally protective.


State lawmakers met with Kentucky’s top environmental regulator Tuesday to discuss the future of coal in the face of declining U.S. consumption.

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Ice sheets in Antarctica are melting 10 times faster than expected, warmer temperatures are fueling forest fires and droughts and a million species are at risk of going extinct.

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Kentucky will receive more than $38 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to improve the commonwealth’s ailing water infrastructure.

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Environmental advocates with the Sunrise Movement are planning a meeting in Frankfort Saturday to discuss a road map to the Green New Deal, a science-based plan to cut net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero as fast as possible.

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The planet is facing some hard times. Species diversity is plummeting and climate change is accelerating, but a new study indicates just how fast nature can bounce back when the right conditions are in place.

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Louisville’s 100 percent clean energy resolution has died in committee and also lost its sponsor. The resolution introduced last September calls for city operations to become 100 percent clean energy by 2030, and the entire community by 2035.

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As coal plants retire and the price of renewable energy gets cheaper, solar power will increasingly energize the country. So in Kentucky, when you hear words like “net metering” and “distributed generation” it’s easy to miss the big picture in the fight over solar power.