Under the Microscope: Honeybees, net-zero housing

May 22, 2014

Daniel Karlov, the architect of Columbia’s first net-zero house, explains how the vaulted ceilings will help support the solar panels on Monday March 31, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. Construction on the home began in October 2013 and is expected to be finished in May 2014.
Daniel Karlov, the architect of Columbia’s first net-zero house, explains how the vaulted ceilings will help support the solar panels on Monday March 31, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. Construction on the home began in October 2013 and is expected to be finished in May 2014.
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Honeybee colonies have been dying off at alarming rates in recent years. In the Midwest, some people wonder if planting row after row of corn and soybeans may be part of the problem. Researchers in Iowa are trying to find out. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports on one factor that may contribute to the grim situation for pollinators in the corn belt.

Nearly 130,000 homes were permitted to be built in Missouri last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  KBIA’s Morgan Dzakowic reports one unique house under construction in Columbia stands out among its neighbors.