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Environment

Columbia City Council candidates field questions about environmental issues

Six candidates attended the Columbia City Council Candidate Forum on Clean Energy, Climate and the Environment, where they answered questions about city government's role in managing issues of climate and energy efficiency.

Second-to-last open house on deer regulations to be held Monday

Hunters can voice their opinions on proposed regulation changes for the 2016-17 deer hunting season that aimed at boosting white-tailed deer populations throughout Missouri.

Hundreds registered for Cleanup Columbia

As of March 12, more than 500 volunteers from 40 groups are registered to participate in cleaning trash from streets, trails, streams and parks. This will be the 19th annual Cleanup Columbia event.

Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation will step up testing in Cole County before changing any rules — but the disease's stubborn physiology means any new measures are unlikely to reverse its spread.

Chronic Wasting Disease found in mid-Missouri breaches containment zone

The buck killed in Centertown — some 40 miles from the state's containment zone — was the 14th Chronic Wasting Disease case confirmed this season in free-range deer.

'Megadroughts' likely for western and central U.S. later this century

There's more than an 80 percent chance that much of the central and western United States will have a 35-year-or-longer "megadrought" later this century, said study co-author Toby Ault of Cornell University.Climate change is believed to be the main culprit.

Invasive Asian carp may soon be on the menu at MU dining halls

Selected MU students taste-tested Asian carp dishes and shared their reactions on Tuesday at the Sabai Culinary Development Kitchen. Results are helping MU Campus Dining services decide whether to serve carp in campus dining halls.

Downtown leadership to explore recycling program

The improvement district has sent out a survey to downtown residents and businesses to gauge interest in public recycling bins.

Public weighs in on proposed Shepard-Rollins connector trail options

The city's Public Works Department revealed new information about the proposed Shepard Boulevard-Rollins Street connector trail options and gauged public opinion.

Office of Sustainability kicks off CoMo Energy Challenge

Sustainability employees spoke at an event Friday about how residents can help save energy in an effort to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The science behind ice on the Missouri River

The Big Muddy was running white with ice this week, but warmer temperatures are expected to reduce the coverage by the weekend.

Number of deer killed up 6 percent as first phase of firearms deer season ends

Boone County firearms hunters killed a total of 1,724 deer, far fewer than the top counties in the state.

Waste, pollution cited in proposal to limit plastic bags in Columbia

The public educational push begins with a free screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Bag It" at Ragtag Cinema followed by a question and answer session.

Foresters see shades of gray when predicting vibrancy of fall leaves

Officials have differing opinions on how brilliant mid-Missouri's leaves will appear this season, but they agree that the coloring of the fall foliage depends on the temperature in the coming weeks.

Wildlife refuge plans new headquarters, visitor services near Columbia

A visitor station, interactive outdoor panels and overlooks are planned for public recreation land along the Missouri River. The project is part of a 15-year conservation plan developed by the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times its size

President Obama plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to cover 490,000 square miles, becoming the largest marine preserve in the world.

City preparing to step up its use of solar energy

By the end of this year, the city hopes to add solar panels at its pumping station on West Ash Street that would increase the city’s solar production of electricity by as much as 55 percent.

Study: Plastic debris widespread on ocean surface

Plastic pieces appear to be distributed widely throughout the world's oceans, but there's less of it than researchers expected, a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report said.

 

Family volunteers to help pull turtle traps

The Missouri Department of Conservation placed traps in pools at Eagle Bluffs on Tuesday; on Wednesday, volunteers of all ages gathered at Eagle Bluffs Headquarters to help pull the traps from the pools and help process the turtles' information into their database.

Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

The White House's Council on Environmental Quality said the waters in the south-central Pacific Ocean contain "some of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world."

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