Climate Change

1:35 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Report: Climate Change Threatens Dozens of Missouri Birds

The White-Throated Sparrow is commonly seen in the St. Louis area during fall and winter, but a new report says climate change could reduce its breeding habitat.

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.

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3:17 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution

A new study on Kansas City's trees shows that they help save energy costs for residents and cut down pollution and carbon emissions.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

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.

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2:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City

This armadillo was caught hanging out in Holden, Mo. Armadillos use their claws and snouts to find insects and worms in the soil.
Credit Cindy Taylor

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.

Rising numbers and rising frustration

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NPR Story
8:11 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New Carbon Dioxide Limits Could Mean Big Changes For Coal-Powered States Like Missouri, Illinois

Coal is transported by train from Wyoming to fuel Ameren Missouri's power plants, like this one in Labadie.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:19 pm

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.

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Harvest Public Media
2:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Climate Change Report: Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Worries For Farmers

Climate change has contributed to record corn yields, but over the long term it's likely to have a negative impact on agriculture.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

The White House’s new climate change report predicts threats to agriculture, including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy.

The third National Climate Assessment is a summary of the current science about the nation’s climate and how it’s changing written by a panel of expert scientists.

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Harvest Public Media
8:14 am
Thu February 6, 2014

USDA Will Set Up Hubs To Help Farmers Adapt To Climate Change

The U.S Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday it plans to set up seven new research hubs across the country to help farmers adapt to climate change.

In the past few years, farmers across the Midwest have grappled with epic drought, mega-blizzards and crippling heat.

“The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing and it will have its impact,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Up to Date
12:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Covering Climate Change As Heat Turns Up

Reporter Justin Gillis covers the environment and climate change for the New York Times.
Credit virtualwayfarer/Flickr-CC

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.


  • Justin Gillis, New York Times reporter
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Central Standard
11:23 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fossil Facebook: Digitization of Fossils Going Public

Una Farrell

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.

Coming soon to your newsfeed:  Fossil Facebook.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Poll: Most Americans Link Climate Change To Unusual Weather Events

In this Aug 3, 2011 file photo, Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelo, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

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.

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Harvest Public Media
8:29 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Climate Change And Regulations Worry Farmers

A worker at Dixon Ridge Walnuts in Lodi, Calif., prunes a tree.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

No matter your personal opinion on the subject, talk of climate usually conjures up images of warming, floods and rising sea levels.  Those are the ecological changes predicted from coast to coast.

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Central Standard
12:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

The Great Immensity: The Fine Art Of Edutrainment

Rebecca Hart
Don Ipock KC Rep

Can any topic make a good song – even climate change? On this leap day edition of Central Standard, meet the cast from a musical mystery about the environment showing now at the Kansas City Repertory Theater.

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4:19 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Indigenous Approaches To Climate Change

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.

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