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    Sierra Club faces challenges with plastic bag ban ordinance

    Posted 3:15 PM 2/15/2015 by Nick Hehemann, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Carolyn Amparan has been passionate about environment-friendly policies for quite a while, but was never extremely active until a few years ago.

    "Before that, I was kind of what you would call an email activist," Amparan said. 

    Now, as the chair for the Osage Group (More)

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    New study finds health risks with stopping at red lights

    Posted 6:51 PM 2/13/2015 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Now there's even more fuel for your hatred of waiting at red lights. 

    A new report out of the University of Surrey in England shows stopping at red lights while driving exposes people to high levels of air pollutants. 

    The report is based on a daily average (More)

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    Report finds new material for cheaper solar panels

    Posted 7:40 PM 1/23/2015 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Solar power has long been a popular, albeit expensive way to provide clean energy.

    But a new report out of the University of Exeter in England shows a new way to make the same clean energy that will cost less.

    Perovskite, a mineral that is being used in experiments with (More)

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    Local experts examine ways to evaluate energy use

    Posted 8:18 PM 1/22/2015 by Tom Kackley, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County assembled a panel Thursday night to educate citizens about more efficient energy use.

    The panel of local experts discussed numerous options for determining how energy efficient a house is as well as how to increase (More)

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    Columbia asks citizens for green New Years resolution

    Posted 6:29 PM 12/29/2014 by Luke Slabaugh, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The CoMo Energy Challenge starts January 1. Columbia is one of 52 cities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a 2-year competition for cities to reduce the most energy.

    City organizations with environmental goals in mind, like COMO Connect, the City of Columbia (More)

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    Westminster professor reflects on Christianity and the environment

    Westminster professor reflects on Christianity and the environment

    Posted 10:45 AM 12/24/2014 by Kevin Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - Even if it's not easy being green, for Christians it's an obligation, says Cliff Cain, the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies and department chair at Westminster College.

    Cain has studied the relationship between religion and science for more than 20 years and is the (More)

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    Holiday light recycling aims to help environment and create jobs

    Posted 4:07 PM 12/16/2014 by Courtney Kiley, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The holiday season is in full swing and lights can be seen on houses all across the Mid-Missouri area, but a Randolph County business hopes to end up with the leftover lights once the season is over. 

    Randolph County Sheltered Industries (RCSI) is one of five workshops (More)

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    Columbia bow hunting for deer program decreases car wrecks

    Posted 10:37 PM 11/24/2014 by Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Justin Romeo drives a little more cautiously than he did a few years ago.

    "I was in two accidents caused by deer. I'm trying my best not to let it happen again," he said.

    The good news is that car accidents in Columbia caused by deer are much less likely to happen today (More)

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    Mid-Missouri businesses strive to go green

    Posted 3:49 PM 11/19/2014 by Marcel Clarke, KOMU-8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Some local businesses in Mid-Missouri are making sustainability a priority in the office. The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council sponsored an event Wednesday for business owners and managers to communicate ideas in how to decrease carbon offsets.

    Barbara Buffaloe, sustainability (More)

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    Why is it so cold? Debunking the polar vortex

    Posted 9:28 PM 11/18/2014 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 News

    COLUMBIA - Winds are blowing, and the thermometer is dropping like a box of rocks. Is this just winter taking its first steps, or is it something more serious?

    Is it the return of the polar vortex?

    Meteorologist Eric Aldrich said while the polar vortex has the potential to change (More)

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    Electric bikes becoming another option for commuters

    Posted 6:59 PM 11/18/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Tom O'Connor said he whisks by other cyclists in the bike lane as if to say "see you guys later." But it's not because O'Connor is a superhero cyclist, in fact he said he's the opposite. He's able to get more places quicker than ever before because of a new addition to his bike...a (More)

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    City of Columbia announces "Recycling Ambassadors" initiative

    City of Columbia announces "Recycling Ambassadors" initiative

    Posted 9:42 AM 11/18/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - City of Columbia officials announced Tuesday the city is starting a new "Recycling Ambassadors" volunteer program in cooperation with Public Works. The news release said the program aims to "encourage recycling and waste reduction" and to use local volunteers to promote that mission (More)

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