Natural Resources Defense Council http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smoke-distant-wildfires-poses-health-risk-illinois-and-missouri-residents <p>A new <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">report </a>released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns that smoke from wildfires poses health risks to people living far from the actual blaze.</p><p>The study used data from 2011, an especially bad year for wildfires in the US, to rank states with the greatest number of residents affected by wildfire smoke for longer than a week.</p><p>Illinois and Missouri were ranked second and fourth respectively, despite having no wildfires of their own.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:47:13 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 30913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents Report: 'Significant Portion' Of Extreme Weather Crop Losses Avoidable, But Some Farmers Aren't Sold http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-significant-portion-extreme-weather-crop-losses-avoidable-some-farmers-arent-sold <p><em>Reporting from&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse.</span></em></p><p>Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29">report released Tuesday</a> by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:59:34 +0000 WUIS 29431 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: 'Significant Portion' Of Extreme Weather Crop Losses Avoidable, But Some Farmers Aren't Sold Report: Mo, Ill. still among top power plant air pollution states as emissions reduce http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-mo-ill-still-among-top-power-plant-air-pollution-states-emissions-reduce <p><em>Updated at 6:30 p.m. to add information on mercury pollution</em>.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/air/toxic-power-presentation.asp">new report</a> released today puts both Missouri and Illinois among the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.</p><p>The Natural Resources Defense Council report ranked Missouri 15th and Illinois 16th nationwide, based on <a href="http://www.epa.gov/tri/">2010 data from the Environmental Protection Agency</a>, the most recent data available.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:48:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4290 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Mo, Ill. still among top power plant air pollution states as emissions reduce Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/environmental-groups-sue-epa-limit-nutrient-pollution-mississippi-river-basin <p><em>Updated 4:43 p.m. with comment from Glynnis Collins of the Prairie Rivers Network.</em></p><p>A coalition of environmental groups is taking legal action to push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit nutrient pollution.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:46:13 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3267 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin