Climate Change

Education
8:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

West Virginia Board of Education Hears Debate on Science Standards for Teaching Climate Change

Four students from Marshall University spoke to the board- Caitlyn Grimes (L), Jenna Atkins, Jake Waldman and Matt Jarvis. The students are not science majors, but they are mentored by a group called CFACT and deny climate change as a proven scientific fact.
Credit Ashton Marra/ WVPB

The West Virginia Board of Education rescinded a proposal on Wednesday on teaching requirements for education science standards on climate change.

Over a hundred people flooded the board room at the state capitol, many of them because of a controversial addition to the science curriculum for k-12 grade students.

Recognizing their concerns, the board voted to place the proposal back on a 30-day public comment period.

The vote came at the suggestion of Clayton Burch, the Department of Education's chief academic officer. “It's important to get it right.”

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West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Governor Tomblin Outlines 2015 Agenda

One this episode of West Virginia Morning, Governor Tomblin emphasized reaching across the aisle and moving the state forward last night during his state of the state address. And we continue our series on water quality.

Education
1:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

W.Va. Education Board Removes Climate Change Standard, Will Allow Public Comment

Students from Marshall University, West Virginia University and the Comittee for a Constructive tomorro attended Wednesday's BOE meeting about science standards.

  The West Virginia Board of Education has rescinded a proposal on teaching requirements for education science standards on climate change.

The board voted Wednesday to place the proposal back on a 30-day public comment period.

The vote came at the suggestion of Clayton Burch, the Department of Education's chief academic officer. He suggested removing the proposal will ensure that the time is taken to "get it right."

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Inside Appalachia
12:38 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

PA's Own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, W.Va.'s Frosty the Snowman, and KY's Calls From Home

Former Coal Company Store in Itmann, W.Va.

We’ll hear some of the Christmas messages that were broadcasted into high security prisons this week on the Calls from Home radio program. The holidays often bring back memories of years past, and this is especially hard for those with a family member or loved one who’s passed away. And we’ll hear about a former marine in West Virginia who’s now helping people pull themselves out of poverty. You’ll find these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together

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Carbon Regulations
4:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Colorado Skiers: Powder, Not Power Plants

Supporters made the announcement on the sidewalk in front of the Regional EPA building in Denver.
Credit http://www.snowridersinternational.org

As the ski season opens, more than 115 snow and mountain supporters across the country have signed letters in support of bold action by the Environmental Protection Agency to curb power plant emissions.

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Race Matters in Appalachia

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia held yesterday in Charleston.  And on the heels of a new agreement between the United States and China to limit greenhouse gases, Glynis Board explores a new report about ways to reduce emissions in West Virginia. 

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Climate Change
6:34 am
Fri October 10, 2014

W. Va. Sen. Manchin Visits Rhode Island to Discuss Climate Change

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is visiting the state of Rhode Island today.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Take Our Climate Change Survey

On West Virginia Morning, a special facility that cares for drug addicted newborns finally opens in Huntington.  It had taken years to get the proper permits.  And we’ll go to the state biscuit bakeoff held during the Autumn Harvest Festival in Pocahontas County. 

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Environment
5:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Survey: West Virginia Weighs in on Climate Change

Credit NASA

Our climate is changing. True or False ...and what else?

In light of recent climate change events, we'd like to get an idea of what our communities know and believe about the matter.

Please take and share this short survey widely to help us find out what folks in our region are thinking about climate change. We'll let you know the results in a future post.

Thanks!

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Gas Pipeline Proposed for W.Va., Morgantown Acts on Truck Traffic

Ashton Marra reports about a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas out of the state.  Also, September is National Preparedness Month.  Sarah Lowther Hensley reports how you can be prepared in an emergency.

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West Virginia Morning
8:20 am
Tue August 12, 2014

DEP Hears Appeals About Kanwaha Co. Mine, Changing Climates Mean Changing Forests & Education Reform

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Surface Mine Board held its first day long hearing in the case of Keystone Industries' KD Mine No. 2, a mine situated near the boundary of Kanawha State Forest. In the first day, appellant presented evidence and testimony about why the permit should be revoked.

The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant discusses how climate change could be linked to the changing make up of forests in Appalachia and educators gather at Marshall University to discuss reforming the state's education system.  

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Inside Appalachia
5:14 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ky Pastors Share Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage, an Addict's Advice, Korean ex-POWs and more

Kentucky pastors sound off about gay marriage.

A former addict urges drug courts to address the roots of addiction.

The America Legion says the VA is a system worth saving.

 

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12:48 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in is Pittsburgh for two days, holding a public hearing on climate change and proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions. As The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports, the hearing proves the climate change debate is a divisive one in this region.
July 31, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn't go far enough.
Carbon Regulations
6:01 am
Fri August 1, 2014

EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars

Competing rallies for and against the EPA’s proposed carbon rules cross paths in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Credit Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough.

Competing rallies for and against the EPA’s proposed carbon rules crossed paths in Downtown Pittsburgh today.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

NPR President and CEO Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.

http://www.npr.org/about-npr/310991669/npr-names-jarl-mohn-president-and-ceo

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Energy & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Credit U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.  The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.  Each hearing last two days.

The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How City Government Works, Energy Forum & Chinese Medicinal Herbs in Va.

A  series of seminars titled "Fairmont 101" provides citizens there with lessons about the inner workings of running a city.  And the first of a two part series about Chinese Medicinal herbs now used and regulated in Virginia.

http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers


News
5:01 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

85-Year-Old Says He is Still in Good Health and Spirits and Will Continue to Fast

Roland Micklem (bottom right) was joined by environmental supporters at Haddad Park in Charleston on Wednesday, July 16th. On the far left is Mike Roselle, who is also fasting with Micklem.
Credit Roxy Todd

85-year-old Roland Micklem is still fasting at the West Virginia Capitol Building. He began his fast ten days ago to draw attention to the effects of climate change, and he says he will continue to go without food. Since July 7th, Micklem has eaten no food and has consumed only water, juice and coffee.

“My health is excellent. I am very much encouraged and motivated by the reception I've been receiving by the people we've run across. Everyone has been supportive and cooperative,” says Micklem.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Mountain Top Removal Mining Near Kanawha State Forest, Climate Change on Brook Trout & More

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the Kanawha State Forest where some residents are concerned about a mountain top removal mine site close by.  A West Virginia scientistsis experimenting how an Appalachian fish will adapt to climate change and we’ll visit with 81 year old Tom Toliver who has been creating community gardens on Charleston’s west side.

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Scientific Research
12:07 am
Sun July 13, 2014

How Will Brook Trout Respond To Climate Change?

Scientist Than Hitt is researching how brook trout might respond to climate change in this lab in Leetown, West Virginia.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the climate changes, scientists around the world are trying to figure out how plants, animals and even people will be affected. One scientist in West Virginia is conducting an experiment to find out how well a fish native to Appalachian streams might survive.

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Biologist Than Hitt works at the U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center in Jefferson County, West Virginia, where scientists explore everything from declining fish and mussel populations to the increasing presence of intersex fish in the nation’s waterways. Hitt has just started a new research project: trying to determine how climate change might affect the brook trout.

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