environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/science-health-rundown-air-we-breathe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a stretch to think about summer now.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But close your eyes and imagine. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:37:46 +0000 Shula Neuman 33906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe Beyond Recycling: How Do You Lessen Your Environmental Impact? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/beyond-recycling-how-do-you-lessen-your-environmental-impact <p dir="ltr">When it comes to the economy, a rise in consumer spending is seen as an indicator of&nbsp; better times ahead. But when it comes to the environment, increased consumer spending can have a downside.</p><p dir="ltr">"Consumption is a problem because that's really the root driver of our environmental problems," said Madalyn Coici, waste prevention specialist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:49:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 29852 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Beyond Recycling: How Do You Lessen Your Environmental Impact? Petition To End St. Louis Tax Incentives Delivered With Thousands Of Signatures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/petition-end-st-louis-tax-incentives-delivered-thousands-signatures <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 activists delivered a petition to the St. Louis Board of Elections on Wednesday, calling for the city to cut tax breaks from businesses involved in what they call “unsustainable energy production.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group marched with signs that said “Take Back St. Louis" and chanted things like "We will stand, we will fight, a greener city is our right!"</span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:06:46 +0000 Chris McDaniel 28702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Petition To End St. Louis Tax Incentives Delivered With Thousands Of Signatures Is Monsanto Responsible For 700 Cases Of Cancer? A Jury Could Decide http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-responsible-700-cases-cancer-jury-could-decide <p>A <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=63756">Missouri appeals court has ruled</a> that a jury should decide whether Monsanto's chemical production division is responsible for cancers allegedly caused by the widespread use of certain toxic chemicals in everyday products.</p><p>Over the course of several decades, Monsanto manufactured 99 percent of the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB's, found in the world. High concentrations of the chemicals can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other forms of cancer.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:21:33 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 28484 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is Monsanto Responsible For 700 Cases Of Cancer? A Jury Could Decide St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-area-green-efforts <p>Campaigns to protect our environment and improve sustainability efforts are numerous and ongoing in the St. Louis area.&nbsp; Host Don Marsh talks with environmental experts about what has been done, what is being done, and what still needs to be done to further protect our planet.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:43:38 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 4692 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-interfaith-gathering-focus-environment <p>People from a range of religious traditions and faiths will be gathering this afternoon to talk about environmental sustainability.</p><p><a href="http://ecofaith.info/more-info/">St. Louis EcoFaith</a> co-organizer Steve Lawler says the goal is to build an interfaith network that can support environmental awareness and action.</p><p>Himself an Episcopal priest, Lawler says concern for the environment is integral to many different religions, from Buddhism to Islam.</p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-do-dry-cleaning-and-online-dating-have-common <p>Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.</p><p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:08:37 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 4398 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common? Our environment: a conversation with President Obama's principal environmental advisor Nancy Sutley http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/our-environment-conversation-president-obamas-principal-environmental-advisor-nancy-sutley <p>Nancy Sutley is President Obama&rsquo;s principal environmental advisor and the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/chair">Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality</a>.</p><p>She was recently in St. Louis to speak with high school students and utility regulators.</p><p>St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Véronique LaCapra caught up with Sutley between speaking engagements to talk about what the Obama Administration is doing to address some of the environmental issues facing our region.</p><p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:35:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2510 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Our environment: a conversation with President Obama's principal environmental advisor Nancy Sutley New Ill. law creates environmental justice commission http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-ill-law-creates-environmental-justice-commission <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation creating a commission to ensure minorities and the poor aren&#39;t disproportionately affected by environmental pollution.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=2193&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97">Environmental Justice Act</a> was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights and Rep. Will Davis of East Hazel Crest.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:50:16 +0000 The Associated Press 1877 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Ill. law creates environmental justice commission