Climate change increases flooding risk for some 230,000 Ohio Valley homes

Nearly 20% of homes in West Virginia, 5% in Kentucky and 2.3% in Ohio are at risk of seeing structural damage due to flooding. Combined, this puts more than 230,000 residential properties eligible for federal flood insurance at risk in the Ohio Valley.
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Haaland, with a key vote in her column, appears headed for confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.
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Consol's CEO says it's not about how much coal it mines; it's about the margins

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Will the fracking boom ever translate into jobs and income for Appalachia’s residents?

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Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

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Biden's climate change plan and America's most threatened workers

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Coal communities across the nation want Biden to fund an economic transition to clean power

Coal-state economic development groups, labor leaders and environmentalists are asking President Joe Biden's administration to fund a “just transition" from coal to renewable energy.

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Sen. Joe Manchin will determine how much President Biden can achieve on climate

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Fund manager bets on new source of renewable power: old river dams

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In these agricultural towns, farmers and ranchers are battling the pandemic and big industry

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Federal regulators are rewriting environmental rules so a massive pipeline can be built

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W.Va: After state agency relaxed pollution rules, governor's company promises to stop breaking them

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