Story written by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Find the original version here.
(c)space, a project of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, welcomes its first member. Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) will join the unique (c)space concept in early June. (c)space is designed to gather, under one roof, individuals and nonprofits working to improve the health and quality of life of Kentuckians.
“(c)space is a product of the Foundation’s efforts to collaborate and strengthen nonprofits that are working to make Kentucky a better play to live, work and play,” said Foundation Chief Operations Officer Mary Jo Shircliffe, who is project developer. “The diversity of work by the various agencies and individuals that will utilize (c)space will serve as a ‘melting pot’ for new strategies and approaches to challenges faced in many areas that intersect with health, such as education, economic development and the environment.”
Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original op-ed here.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fifth Assessment Report—a sobering document that outlines both the human effects on climate change and the consequences of inaction. Specifically, the report cites the dithering by our elected leaders as worsening the situation, as greenhouse gas emissions are increasing more dramatically than ever. However, the report did offer a ray of hope: that there is still a window of time to begin reversing the effects of climate change, and that the political will to do so is rising around the world.
Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Kentucky. Many of our elected officials and candidates continue to deny the existence of climate change, or that much of it is manmade. The coal industry continues to exert its influence on this issue, branding any efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a fictional War on Coal.
SIERRA CLUB HIGHLIGHTS RAMPANT WATER POLLUTION FROM CENTRAL KENTUCKY COAL ASH POND, WHICH COULD BECOME WORSE
Written by Joe Sonka for the LEO Weekly. Find the original story here.
Today the Sierra Club and Earthjustice released a report on the most high risk coal ash dumps in America, highlighting one of the nation’s worst in central Kentucky less than 30 miles from Lexington at the E.W. Brown Generating Station in Harrodsburg, Ky. The nearly 60-year old coal-fired power plant — operated by Kentucky Utilities, which is owned by LG&E/KU — contains a massive 126-acre unlined coal ash pond containing 26 million tons of coal ash waste from the plant, which the report shows is breaking state and federal laws by leaking toxins into the groundwater and adjacent Herrington Lake, a major recreation and fishing destination.
Story by MI Air and MI health, with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read it here.
In spring 2012, KEF released the “Health Impact Assessment of Coal and Clean Energy Options in Kentucky,” a collaborative study that received widespread media attention and has served as a tool to explore the health impacts of energy policy options and a call to prioritize public health when making energy policy decisions.
Deborah joined the KEF staff in April 2010. She has a BA in Biology with a minor in Sustainability and Environmental studies from Berea College. She received her Masters of Public Health at the University of Kentucky with a focus on Environmental and Occupational Health.
Deborah is a returned Peace Corps volunteer having served in Uganda from 2007-2009 focusing on water and sanitation programming with Katosi Women Development Trust.
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