Photo provided by Bob Wyss.

Photo provided by Bob Wyss.

“The parents and grandparents of the people in St. Louis are the big heroes,” Bob Wyss said. “They looked at a problem and they resolved it, and they should be credited for what they did.”

Bob Wyss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, created a blog called, “A Coal Black Sky.” The blog is the story of how St. Louis overcame an air pollution problem in the late 1930s and early 1940s that was so intense the street lights had to be lit during the day due to coal smoke.

Wyss spoke wtih Don Corrigan about his blog on this edition of “Behind The Editor’s Curtain.” For more information and to hear the podcast interview with Bob Wyss CLICK HERE.

nicholas-1062539_1920 PixabayJust days before Santa Claus launches his sleigh for the 2015 worldwide, whirlwind Christmas gift tour, the less-than jolly fat man blasted man-made global warming. He said climate change threatens the future of his work at the holidays and he predicted that Christmas as we know it could end before 2020.

To read the rest of what Santa has to say about climate change CLICK HERE.

Dawn Reeves attending the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris. Photo provided by Dawn Reeves.

Dawn Reeves attending the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris. Photo provided by Dawn Reeves.

Environmental Reporter Dawn Reeves, based in Washington D.C. with the Inside EPA subscriber news service, reports back from the Paris Climate Change Summit.  Reeves shares insights from the conference and explains  elements of the agreement reached by countries attending the conference with Don Corrigan on this edition of  “Behind the Editor’s Curtain.”


To go to Environmental Echo and listen to the podcast CLICK HERE.

Pictured: Eddy Harris

Pictured: Eddy Harris

Outdoor author Eddy Harris was in town recently and we broke bread and discussed his upcoming work and documentary on paddling the Mississippi River. We have a mutual interest in encouraging more people of color to get into the outdoors and to enlist in the environmental movement. Harris wrote a great piece in Outside Magazine a few years ago about black people’s reservations about outdoor activities in America. I plan to draw from his work in a presentation I will give in March before the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association. This column on Harris has drawn a lot of feedback from Kirkwood, Mo. residents who remember his growing up in their town.
To read the story CLICK HERE.

Pictured: John Vogel. Photo provided by John Vogel.

Pictured: John Vogel. Photo provided by John Vogel.

Don Corrigan talks with John Vogel, the wildlife regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, in this edition of “Behind the Editors Curtain.” The conversation includes information about the St. Louis area’s many outdoor activities, organizations that help protect our outdoor environment, and the October 24, 2015, event, Explore the Outdoors: St. Louis.

To hear the podcast CLICK HERE.

In this edition of “Behind The Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan, the focus is on learning more about the program Bring Conservation Home. The program is offered by the St. Louis Audubon Society.

To view more podcasts by Don Corrigan visit Environmental Echo.

The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics comes to America on Sept. 22 with a message: It’s time to confront global warming and climate change crisis – it’s time to act. Critics, both inside and outside the church, are dismissing the pope’s message and mandate on the need to be more responsible stewards of the Earth. “I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” said Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. That sentiment about the pope was echoed by Jeb Bush, who said he will get his science elsewhere. What do you think?


For more information on this topic, see Don Corrigan’s column in the Aug. 14 issue of the Webster-Kirkwood Times.   Please offer a Comment:


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