Environment Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Local Journalist Details Missouri's Environmental Issues in New Book http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-journalist-details-missouris-environmental-issues-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Missourians need to be worried – and need to act.</p><p>That is the message of <em>Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability — What You Need to Know</em>, a new book from Webster University journalism professor and Times Newspapers editor Don Corrigan. &nbsp;The book is an overview of various aspects of our environment and sustainability shortfalls – in addition to what we are doing right.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:15:01 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37565 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local Journalist Details Missouri's Environmental Issues in New Book Commentary: Edgar Denison Left A Legacy In A Patch Of Blue-Eyed Mary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-edgar-denison-left-legacy-patch-blue-eyed-mary <p>Blue-eyed Mary is a Missouri wildflower that germinates in winter, enduring freeze and thaw before blooming in spring. Its bloom spans the month of April when Virginia bluebells, wild geranium and wild sweet William are each making colorful contributions to shady Missouri woodlands. In nature it grows along rivers in carpets where fall flooding carries away leaf litter, allowing seeds to germinate successfully.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:42:59 +0000 Scott Woodbury 34694 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Edgar Denison Left A Legacy In A Patch Of Blue-Eyed Mary Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-environmental-agency-says-400-million-needed-state-parks <p></p><p>Environment Missouri, a state environmental advocacy group, kicked off its campaign today by calling on state legislators to take action on what they say are $400 million worth of back-logged repairs to state parks.</p><p>The organization says that state parks are crucial to the economy, bringing an average of 18 million visitors a year, and providing over 14,000 jobs.</p><p>Parks are currently funded by (bear with me) half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent sales tax, a tax voters have continued to renew over the years. But Environment Missouri thinks that it’s not enough.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:16:33 +0000 Sean Sandefur 25710 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks Environmental organizations to National Park Service: protect Ozark rivers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/environmental-organizations-national-park-service-protect-ozark-rivers <p>A statewide coalition of environmental organizations is urging the National Park Service to protect <a href="http://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm">Ozark rivers</a>.</p><p>Representatives of the groups were in Washington, D.C., today meeting with the Park Service.</p><p>They submitted more than 4,400 signed petitions asking the federal agency to adopt a strong <a href="http://www.nps.gov/ozar/parkmgmt/general-management-plan-information.htm">management plan</a> for the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:11:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Environmental organizations to National Park Service: protect Ozark rivers Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-march-23-2012 <p><strong>Mississippi River is second-most toxic river in United States</strong></p><p>A new <a href="http://environmentmissouri.org/news/moe/2-million-pounds-toxic-chemicals-dumped-missouri%E2%80%99s-waterways">report released by Environment Missouri</a> says the Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the nation.</p><p>Data released Thursday shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010, with 672,000 pounds being released in Missouri. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:42:41 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3340 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012 Weather disasters hitting Missouri hard, says new report http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/weather-disasters-hitting-missouri-hard-says-new-report <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentmissouri.org/reports/moe/path-storm">new report from Environment Missouri</a> presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common &ndash; and more severe.</p><p>State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Weather disasters hitting Missouri hard, says new report Environmentalists urge National Park Service to protect the Current River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/environmentalists-urge-national-park-service-protect-current-river <p><em>Updated at 6:10 pm to add Congresswoman Emerson&#39;s response.</em></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:14:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2669 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Environmentalists urge National Park Service to protect the Current River Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-among-top-states-airborne-mercury-pollution <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/uploads/23/92/23923dc9106cd4aa757d2aff4efabc41/MOE-Biggest-Mercury-Polluters---WEB.pdf">new report</a> released today by Environment Missouri shows power plants in the state produce more airborne mercury than 46 other states.</p><p>The report, which uses data from the Environmental Protection Association&#39;s toxic inventory release, found that of the nearly 4,000 pounds of mercury that Missouri&#39;s 17 coal-fired power plants released in 2010, more than 70 percent came from four plants owned by Ameren Missouri.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:48:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2531 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution Report ranks St. Louis 10th smoggiest U.S. city http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-ranks-st-louis-10th-smoggiest-us-city <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri/news/reports/repower-america/repower-america3/danger-in-the-air-unhealthy-air-days-in-2010-and-2011">new report</a> released today by the advocacy group <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri">Environment Missouri</a> ranks St. Louis as the 10th smoggiest metropolitan area in the country.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:50:37 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2104 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report ranks St. Louis 10th smoggiest U.S. city Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-missouri-among-nations-top-mercury-polluters <p><em>Updated at 5:00 <span data-scayt_word="p.m" data-scaytid="2">p.m</span>. with comment from Ameren Missouri.</em></p><p>A <a href="http://www.environmentamerica.org/environmentmissouri/news/reports/repower-america/repower-america3/dirty-energys-assault-on-our-health-mercury">new report</a> suggests that power plants in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s top emitters of mercury pollution.</p><p>Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:09:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 503 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters