environment

St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Beyond Recycling: How Do You Lessen Your Environmental Impact?

(Via Flikr/Kate Ter Haar)

When it comes to the economy, a rise in consumer spending is seen as an indicator of  better times ahead. But when it comes to the environment, increased consumer spending can have a downside.

"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.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Petition To End St. Louis Tax Incentives Delivered With Thousands Of Signatures

Petitioners march from Poelker Park to the Board of Elections.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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.”

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!"

The petition was organized by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), and the group’s leaders say they have more than 36,000 signatures, which is well above the requirement for a ballot initiative.

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PCB Pollution
4:21 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Is Monsanto Responsible For 700 Cases Of Cancer? A Jury Could Decide

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

A Missouri appeals court has ruled 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.

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts

Painting a Metro bus at the Green Homes and Great Health Festival in 2009
(via Flickr/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Campaigns to protect our environment and improve sustainability efforts are numerous and ongoing in the St. Louis area.  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. 

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Faith & Environment
6:00 am
Sun August 26, 2012

St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment

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People from a range of religious traditions and faiths will be gathering this afternoon to talk about environmental sustainability.

St. Louis EcoFaith co-organizer Steve Lawler says the goal is to build an interfaith network that can support environmental awareness and action.

Himself an Episcopal priest, Lawler says concern for the environment is integral to many different religions, from Buddhism to Islam.

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Illinois Law
1:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common?

(via Flickr/außerirdische sind gesund)

Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.

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Environment
6:35 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Our environment: a conversation with President Obama's principal environmental advisor Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
(Courtesy of the White House Council on Environmental Quality)

Nancy Sutley is President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

She was recently in St. Louis to speak with high school students and utility regulators.

St. Louis Public Radio’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.

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Environment / Illinois
12:50 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

New Ill. law creates environmental justice commission

An interior look at the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation creating a commission to ensure minorities and the poor aren't disproportionately affected by environmental pollution.

The Environmental Justice Act was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights and Rep. Will Davis of East Hazel Crest.

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Ameren / Coal Ash
5:26 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Ameren fields shareholder questions on impact of coal ash

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Officials at Ameren took questions from shareholders about the utility company's procedures for disposing of coal ash today.

The annual shareholder's meeting was open to all Ameren investors.

Diana Oleskevich works for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  The sisters are part of a group of five institutional investors calling on Ameren to clean up their coal ash disposal procedures.

Oleskevich says Ameren's claim that its 35 coal ash storage ponds comply with current regulations does not satisfy her concerns.

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Science
10:46 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Federal judge to Monsanto: Yank the sugar beets out

A sugar beet.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Mindy.Kotaska)

Monsanto's latest lawsuit is no small potatoes - in fact, it's sugar beets.

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