St. Louis area landfills continue to grow. Families that switch from disposable to cloth baby diapers could make a big difference in the growth of our landfill mountains. That’s because right now, disposable diapers rank as the third largest consumer item in our growing landfills.
Sustainable lifestyles can also cut down on refuse and make for a healthier planet. To learn more about sustainable living, you might want to attend the Webster University 2013 Sustainable Living Conference on April 12-13. For more information, go to: www.webster.edu/sustainability2013/
Question of the Day: Landfills have become major landmarks in the St. Louis area. Do you have a favorite landfill in Metro St. Louis.
Feel free to comment if we have missed a landfill that is your favorite. Or, if you want to campaign for the landfill that you think is the best one in the Bi-State.
Environmental degradation in Missouri and across the country is taking a toll on wildlife. Plastics in the environment have been especially tough on local creatures. “Peanut The Turtle” from St. Charles has become famous after a plastic six-pack ring got stuck around her body and caused her shell to grow into a contorted hour-glass figure. Peanut was rescued by the Missouri Department of Conservation and has become a mascot for the “No More Trash Campaign.”
The Ozark Hellbender is endangered because of the pollution that has entered streams in the southern Missouri area. This awesome salamander was once in abundance in the rocky bottoms of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers. And why are bats having such a hard time now in our state’s many caves? Why are bee populations in decline due to what is called “Colony Collapse Disorder?”
Hurricane Sandy has been described as the spawn of climate change, because scientists say such storms are getting more violent because of man-made global warming. The costs of destruction from storms on the North American continent are accelerating. From an average of $9 billion a year in the 1980s, to $36 billion a year in the 2000s. Climate change was not on the politicians’ radar in this election, until Sandy showed up, and did $50 billion damage on the East Coast. Some Republicans say Sandy changed the election, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie embraced Obama as they toured the destruction on Jersey Shore. Some Democrats say Sandy changed the political agenda in this country, because climate change can no longer be ignored.
So, what do you think? Please comment after taking the poll.
Don's Podcast and Slideshow from the Jefferson City Library:
Podcast — Slideshow
TV Weather Pro John Fuller interviews Don
about “Nature’s Wrath”
Click here to watch it.
Don Is available as a lecturer and presenter on his nature books. Here is upcoming event information:
Missouri Outdoor Communicators: Don Corrigan’s Missouri weather book, “Show Me... Nature’s Wrath,” will be the topic of reviews coming up in Outdoor Magazine and Driftwood Outdoors. Also, Don’s book is on sale at the River Hills Traveler magazine: call 1-800-874-8423. This coming Spring, Don will be making presentations at SIU-E, as well as several high schools and outdoor clubs. Don recently became a member of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators (MOC) . Watch for more information on this blog and in the Calendar of the Webster-Kirkwood Times.