Tim Mandell

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Tim is a writer at the Rural Blog at the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
The switch to cleaner energy has reduced carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants to the point that cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more CO2 than power plants for the first time since 1979, Brad Plumer reports for Vox. Transportation...
In what the main expert called "the largest volunteer historic preservation event in the history of America," 70 or more volunteers from several states are restoring a historic home in Pikeville, Ky., in the heart of the Central Appalachian...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday launched the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, which has the potential to invest as much as $100 million into rural food and agricultural businesses with high growth potential, says a USDA press...
The Washington Post has created a map that shows how home values changed, by Zip Code, from 2004 to 2015. Based on data from Black Knight Financial Services, the map "shows how the nation’s housing recovery has exacerbated inequality, leaving behind...
Appalachian cuisine, which is quickly growing in popularity, could help revitalize a struggling economy, Jane Black reports for the Washington Post. "The foods of Central Appalachia constitute America’s own cucina povera, as rich and unexplored in the American culinary scene...
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said last week that major changes need to be made to protect public land threatened by natural, man-made and political threats, Timothy Cama reports for The Hill. Jewell said in a speech, “If we stay on this...
"Coal production in the U.S. is falling, faster than expected and long before the U.S. Clean Power Plan, which was stayed by the Supreme Court, has come into effect," Chris Mooney reports for the Washington Post. A report from the...
Pollution from traffic, factories, and other industrial activities may be causing thousands of premature births each year and costing the U.S. billions of dollars, according to a New York University School of Medicine study recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives,...
Increasing speed limits led to 33,000 traffic deaths from 1993 to 2013, including 1,900 deaths in 2013, "essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year," says a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway...