Health, Science, Environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-take-emergency-care-christian-hospital-using-paramedics-reduce-911-calls <p>Paramedic Jaclyn Kloecker has experienced her share of tension, turmoil, rising adrenaline and blaring sirens. She's been responding to 911 calls and rushing the sick or injured to emergency rooms for 15 years.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a recent rainy morning, however, </span>Kloecker<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;wasn't responding to an emergency. Rather, she was on a calmer, quieter mission, performing medical screenings aimed at reducing the number of 911 calls that Christian Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service system handles.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:26:54 +0000 Robert Joiner 35213 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls Encounters With Climate Change: A Discussion With Three St. Louisans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/encounters-climate-change-discussion-three-st-louisans <p>St. Louisan Larry Lazar used to be a climate change skeptic, but a 2006 trip to see family in Alaska changed his mind.</p><p>“One of the things you do in Alaska is tour the glaciers. And when you see the before and after pictures there, and when you talk to the park rangers and read the information about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and they’re doing it around the world, you get hit with reality,” said Lazar. “I realized then that what I’d been reading and my sources of information at that time were just wrong.”</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:12 +0000 Camille Phillips 35311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Encounters With Climate Change: A Discussion With Three St. Louisans Blood Moon Eclipse: A View From St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blood-moon-eclipse-view-st-louis <p>Very early this morning a<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/14/302904741/for-many-clouds-likely-to-block-tonights-blood-moon-eclipse"> "Blood Moon" Eclipse</a> was visible in the St. Louis area. Did you stay up (or get up very early) to see it?</p><p>Our Brent Jones did, and shares some of his photos from the event here with you.&nbsp;</p><p>This was a total eclipse — but what about the "blood" color? The Seattle Times <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023364445_eclipselocalxml.html">explains</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:55:17 +0000 Brent Jones & Kelsey Proud 35309 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blood Moon Eclipse: A View From St. Louis Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-brings-story-disney-characters-saving-his-autistic-son-stl <p>Washington, D.C. author <a href="http://ronsuskind.com/">Ron Suskind </a>and his wife Cornelia Kennedy were devastated when 2-year-old Owen stopped talking and began walking with a drunken gait.</p><p></p><p></p><p>When, how did their son’s regression begin? “It’s like reviewing clues to a kidnapping,” Suskind writes in <a href="http://www.left-bank.com/book/9781423180364">“Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”</a></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:12:50 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-alleges-west-lake-landfill-radiation-has-spread-site <p>A lawsuit filed on Friday alleges that radiation from the West Lake Landfill has spread into surrounding neighborhoods, contaminating properties there.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains that the public is not at risk.</p><p>Attorney Daniel Finney, Jr., filed <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201404/JOHN_JAMES_ET_AL_V__MALLINCKRODT_INC_ET_AL-1673.pdf" target="_blank">the suit</a> on behalf of John James, who has lived near the landfill in Bridgeton for more than 30 years.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:40:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35246 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/concerns-over-minority-hiring-dominate-asbestos-cleanup-meeting-north-st-louis <p><strong><em>Updated after the public meeting on 4-10-2014:</em></strong></p><p>The meeting hosted Thursday night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to focus on the first phase of the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis. That first phase involves <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/Carter_Carburetor_April_2014_Public_Mtg.pdf" target="_blank">removing asbestos</a> from the site's main building.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:58:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mississippi-river-ranked-third-most-endangered-country <p>The Mississippi River, one of the hallmarks of American landscape, is no longer the expansive, grand river it once was. Decades of constructing levees, dams and other systems for managing floods have whittled it down to a series of pools, dramatically altering its ecosystem.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 35145 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meeting-tuesday-take-public-input-ameren-coal-ash-landfill <p>The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is hosting a meeting on Tuesday to get public input on&nbsp;Ameren's plans to build a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Franklin County.</p><p>The meeting will focus on whether the agency should grant Ameren <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/2014-03-04_Ameren_Labadie_Draft_Construction_Permit.pdf" target="_blank">a landfill construction permit</a>.</p><p>Ameren Missouri's Vice President of External Affairs and Communications, Warren Wood, said the new coal ash landfill will be state-of-the-art.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Answering Questions We've Long Pondered http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-science-environment-rundown-answering-questions-weve-long-pondered <p>A confession: One of the things about science that I enjoy (and I’m not a scientist by training) is that it answers some really fun questions.</p><p>This week, St. Louis Public Radio came across not one, not two, but THREE articles that tackled some of science's most perplexing and fun conundrums.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:44:19 +0000 Shula Neuman 35040 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Answering Questions We've Long Pondered EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-analysis-neighbors-could-be-risk-if-landfill-fire-reaches-radioactive-waste-bridgeton <p>A new analysis by scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests there could be risks to area residents if an underground fire were to reach radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.</p><p>An underground fire has been smoldering at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill for more than three years and is now about 900 to 1,000 feet from the radioactive material.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:32:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34888 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton