climate change

8:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Climate change: short-term benefits, long-term worries for farmers

Climate change has contributed to record corn yields, but over the long term it's likely to have a negative impact on agriculture.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

The White House’s new climate change report predicts threats to agriculture, including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research

M.U. School of Natural Resources research specialist Tom Bonnot works with data to develop models that predict how climate change will effect forests and wildlife.

With all the bickering taking place in Congress about what to do or what not to do about climate change, you might think federal agencies wouldn't be dealing with it either.

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2:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

Farmers in Iowa are among those around the country who will get help coping with climate change through a new federal program.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:00 pm

The White House on Wednesday rolled out a high-profile plan to help farmers and ranchers adjust to climate changes that have already begun to upend growing seasons and threaten livestock.

The "climate hub" initiative was praised by environmentalists, though they were quick to warn President Obama that it would not provide him cover on another environmental issue in the headlines: the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Carbon tax supporters lobby the old school way

Citizens Climate Lobby organizer Lynate Pettengill encourages people to get involved in its lobbying efforts at a informational meeting in Columbia.
Credit Gary Grigsby / KBIA News

The Washington D.C based Citizens Climate Lobby says if you want to take action on climate change one simple step you can take is to contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Climate Change Act.

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Under the Microscope
4:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Columbia schools use new technology; photojournalist documents climate change

German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Credit Randall Hyman

This week, we’ll hear from a Missouri-based photojournalist about his experience documenting climate change in the Norwegian Arctic, and learn how new technology is being used in Columbia's public schools.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:59 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change

German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Randall Hyman

Randall Hyman is a St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer. For more than three decades, he has traveled the globe covering cultural and environmental issues.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

SLU Students Help NASA Ozone Study Soar Over Saint Louis

Art Chimes

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 7:29 am

If you happen to be near the Saint Louis Science Center planetarium at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, look up. You might see a weather balloon.

Students at Saint Louis University are launching them as part of a study sponsored by the U.S. space agency NASA.

The mission aims to improve our understanding of air pollution and global climate.

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Business Beat
5:37 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Conservation or ag land; climate change and Missouri wine

Wine grapes.
Credit rustinpc / flickr

With a new farm bill, farmers may have access to fewer dollars for conservation. For 27 years, the popular Conservation Reserve Program has transformed small parcels of land, contributing to cleaner water, more habitat for migrating birds and less soil erosion. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports from Iowa, the program has been enrolling fewer acres in recent years and it’s not just budget cuts that could make it smaller still.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Ireland's former president brings message to Missouri, urging fight against climate injustice

Credit Rachel Wittel / KBIA

The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is targeting youth specifically to find and act on low-carbon solutions to reverse climate injustice and secure a livable future world. Mary Robinson is also the former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.

Robinson spoke last night as part of a Columbia College lecture series titled, “Making Human Rights the Compass for All Ethical Globalization.”

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1:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

'The Expedition to the End of the World' explores life's meaning through art and science

This three mast schooner housed a documentary film crew, artists and scientists all studying life in some form.
Credit Courtesy of The Expedition to the End of the World

Listen to the interview.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

For three weeks, Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik and his film crew drifted on an old wooden schooner through the remote arctic waters of Greenland. Also on board, a group of artists and scientists studied the changing landscape of northeastern Greenland and used it to answer questions for scientific research and existential definition. Dencik’s job was to capture this age-old tradition of artists and scientists searching for truth and meaning in a rarely navigated locale. (Think Columbus and other early explorers.)

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Science, Health and Technology
8:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming

Credit gliuoo / Flickr

Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures. 

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Business Beat
2:55 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Business Beat: Risk of Pathogen Release from N-BAF Very Low

Walnut farmer Russ Lester is concerned about the effects climate change could bring to his California farm.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: Another update in the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, and climate changes doesn't ease troubles for farmers. 

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