Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:23 pm
A recent report finds climate change is threatening dozens of birds that call Missouri home.
The National Audubon Society says more than half of the 588 North American bird species studied over the course of seven years are at risk. About 50 species common to Missouri are identified in the report as being threatened.
The tree and shrub population in the Kansas City metropolitan area saves residents nearly $14 million a year, according to a new study.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Northern Research Station (NRS) examined plant life in nine counties in the Kansas City metro area.
The NRS found that by blocking winds in the winter, shading buildings in the summer, and providing natural evaporative cooling all throughout the year, trees and shrubs significantly cut down residential energy costs.
The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.
Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.
“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposal sparked immediate debate over the impact, especially in states such as Missouri that depend heavily on coal.
The new regulations would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide by 2030, compared to 2005 emissions levels.
When you write about climate change, you have to be able to take the heat from all sides— those who deny what scientists are saying and those who think you’re giving too many concessions to that group.
On Up to Date, we speak with a New York Times reporter about his coverage of the environment.
If some people are worried about pictures from freshman year surfacing on the internet, imagine this: a 290 million year old organism gets put on a publicly accessible database, from its specific location all the way to a picture from its deathbed.
Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:25 pm
Most Americans believe that global warming has played a role in a series of unusual weather events during the past year.
A poll released today by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 72 percent of Americas believe global warming played a role in the very warm winter the United States just experienced.
Lawrence, Kan. – Scientists, politicians and skeptics are all talking about climate change. But a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University says some voices have been left out of the debate. Daniel Wildcat's book Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge addresses the issue of how indigenous peoples around the world are being forced to deal with a changing ecosystem. He recently spoke with KPR's Laura Lorson.