The science behind ice on the Missouri River

Ice forms on the Columbia stretch of the Missouri River many winters and despite colder temperature predictions, so far this year hasn't been extraordinary. The Big Muddy was running white this week with ice, but warmer temperatures are expected to reduce the coverage by the weekend.

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."

Burning wood for energy ignites debate over carbon emissions

Some say biomass is environmentally friendly because trees can regrow and recapture the carbon released when other trees are burned. Others say it reduces the size of forests and increases the time it takes the remaining trees to recapture carbon.

Hog farm forum leaves mid-Missouri residents with questions

Roughly 100 mid-Missouri residents attended an open forum Tuesday night to discuss a proposed concentrated animal feeding operation. No representatives from the company that would run the operation attended the meeting. 

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

One of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate dense forest to curb pollution.

Missouri conservation panel approves rules to fight chronic wasting disease

The changes, which apply to wildlife breeding facilities and big-game hunting preserves, are still subject to a public comment period before they take effect.

Paddlefish pose management challenge for Missouri conservationists

Not only is sport fishing for paddlefish popular, but the fish is also prized for its caviar, which invites poaching. Hatcheries are important to keeping populations healthy.


UPDATE: Obama says power plant rule will shrink power prices

States could have until 2017 to submit a plan to cut power plant pollution, and 2018 if they join with other states to tackle the problem, according to the EPA's proposal.

Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

In his weekly address, Obama described his effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health of children..

How Obama's power plant emission rules will work

On Monday the Obama administration will unveil rules for limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

Columbia Public Works installs porous pavement system as stormwater solution

The Columbia Public Works Department placed a porous pavement system outside the Grissum Building The system has created 14 new parking spaces and will filter stormwater runoff.

One solution for invasive species: Eat them

The idea of eating invasive species has gained momentum recently from the lionfish, which invaded the Gulf of Mexico but was successfully marketed to restaurants and today appears to be in decline.