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Environment

U.S. agriculture policy to be subject of forum Thursday night

Members of the public are invited to take part in a discussion of U.S. farm policy and the farm bill. The featured speaker will be Dr. Pat Westhoff, a professor in the MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Cave-dwelling fish of Missouri added to endangered list

The grotto sculpin of Perry County is threatened by contaminated water and will be listed as endangered effective Oct. 25.

State records show gaps in oversight of captive deer farms, ranches

Gaps remain in Missouri's system of prevention and early detection of chronic wasting disease for captive deer operations in the state.

MU bolsters stormwater treatment plan

To combat stormwater pollution and contamination exacerbated by rapid development during the past 43 years, MU is ramping up its treatment effort across its 1,440-acre main campus.

Japan's radioactive water leaks create potential risk to fish, humans

Fisheries near Fukushima where radioactive water has been leaking into the sea have been closed because radioactive fish pose threat to humans who eat them.

New truck will let city expand its commercial composting

A grant for a new truck will allow Columbia's municipal composting program to flourish.

Bradford Research Center holds field day, teaches visitors about organic farming

About 150 Missouri farmers and gardeners gathered Thursday to learn about organic agriculture and discuss its costs and benefits.

Report: Climate change causing energy disruptions

The report, released Thursday by the Energy Department, says blackouts and other problems caused by Superstorm Sandy and other extreme weather events are likely to be repeated across the country as an aging energy infrastructure struggles to adapt to rising seas, higher storm surges and increased flooding.

Missouri River researcher to discuss how estrogen-like chemicals affect sturgeon

Diana Papoulias, supervisory research fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will give a talk about the relationship between chemicals in the Missouri River and intersex sturgeon at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. 

Elk hunting in Missouri now predicted to start in 2016

There are about 100 elk now under observation in Missouri. The state Department of Conservation wants at least 200 before giving any consideration to allowing hunting.

Waterfowl population increase fuels hunting season changes

An increase in migratory birds initiates changes to this year's teal season.

Project aims to track big city carbon footprints

High-tech sensors detect and measure carbon dioxide and other greenhouse pollutants to see if emissions into the atmosphere are being reduced, especially in mega-cities to see if reduction goals are being met.

Blue Ridge Elementary celebrates Earth Day with new gardens

The Blue Ridge Elementary School built four raised beds for its community garden that the kindergartners will work on. Other Earth Day celebrations included a trail hike and a talk about prairies.

Morel hunters still waiting for season to begin in earnest

The morel season usually goes from early April to the beginning of May, but this year's has been delayed because of cool weather.

Columbia residents plan to switch off lights for global Earth Hour

Mayor McDavid has issued a proclamation encouraging residents to power down for the event, which will occur internationally from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23

Families sue St. Joseph in Missouri solar panel dispute

Two families contend that their solar panels are allowed under state regulations that trump a local ordinance. A city official says the more restrictive rule might apply.

 

Mid-Missouri moped club jump-starts electric bike business

John Robert Holmes and Ryan Kanavich recently opened Volt Riders at 716 W. Sexton Road, combining Holmes' passions for bicycles and electronics and Kanavich's keen interest in mopeds.

Coal Free Mizzou pressures curators for clean energy at MU

Coal Free Mizzou is a student organization advocating for wind, solar and renewable energy power at MU. Recently, the group decided to change tactics and try to work with UM System officials.

Endangered hellbenders reproduce for second year at St. Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo has learned new techniques to increase reproduction rates of endangered Ozark hellbenders.

Bill McKibben to visit MU on behalf of Coal Free Mizzou

Coal Free Mizzou will host McKibben as a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Wednesday in MU's Ellis Auditorium.

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