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    Electric Vehicle Sales Break Records

    Posted 7:35 PM 9/26/2013 by William Joy, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - According to a report by the US Department of Energy, electric vehicle sales spiked and broke records in August.

    The report states 11,363 electric vehicles were sold in August, which is up 30 percent from the previous record and up 75 percent from August of 2012.

    But (More)

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    Drifting Pesticides Wreak Havoc on Nearby Vineyards

    Drifting Pesticides Wreak Havoc on Nearby Vineyards

    Posted 8:40 AM 9/24/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    ROCHEPORT- Now that fall has arrived, farmers are starting to harvest their crops. But some farmers are struggling to keep their crops due to harmful pesticides.

    For Missouri wineries, the pesticide 2,4-D can be deadly toward their vineyards. Les Bourgeois Vineyards learned a few years ago (More)

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    Compost Trend Spreading in Columbia

    Posted 5:01 PM 9/7/2013 by Catie Laylin, KOMU Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A new waste truck for the city means many food and plant scraps from many businesses could end up in local gardens.

    A city waste management supervisor said a recent grant from the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District would provide a good chunk of the money for the (More)

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    Simple Measures Reduce Energy Bills

    Posted 1:30 PM 8/16/2013 by Sam Hustis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A spokesperson for Columbia Water and Light says there are many ways consumers can reduce their monthly utility bill.

    Connie Kacprowitz said the best place to start, for both renters and owners, is a free energy audit service offered by the city. "One of our staff members will (More)

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    New Bioreactor Landfill to Power More Columbia Homes

    Posted 3:16 PM 8/14/2013 by Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is currently working on a type of liquid-injected landfill area known as a bioreactor.

    It will increase moisture to help break down waste more quickly than the city's first bioreactor landfill, which was created in 2008 and did not use the injection method.

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    Columbia Works Toward New Bike Share Program

    Posted 3:22 PM 8/9/2013 by Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is currently working on finding funds bicycles and stations for a bike share program.

    Coordinator Lelande Rehard said the city is focusing on setting a strict business plan to make the bike share program work.

    "There is a history in Columbia of doing a bike share (More)

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    Energy-Efficient LED Lights Light Up Parking Garages

    Posted 1:18 PM 7/30/2013 by Crystall Cho

    COLUMBIA -A project to replace lights in four city-owned parking garages with LED lights, could be completed within a month.

    The Public Works Department is close to finishing the garage located on Cherry Street and Sixth Street.

    According to sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe (More)

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    New Energy-Efficient Solar Pumps Saves Utility Bills

    Posted 7:11 PM 7/28/2013 by Crystall Cho

    COLUMBIA - The city hoped to increase use of water saving rain barrels by promoting the addition of energy-efficient solar pumps.

    The city added a new solar pump to its existing rain barrels, which water over 20 community gardens around Columbia.

    Stormwater educator Mike Heimos has (More)

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    City Officials Urge Columbians To Keep Trash Out of Streams

    Posted 4:01 PM 7/15/2013 by Crystall Cho

    COLUMBIA - Local activists urged Columbians to keep the city healthy by keeping trash out of city streams.

    "It all comes out in the end. It's just simple common knowledge," said Mike Vencl, a volunteer at a recent stream clean up.

    Vencl has been living in Columbia for 8 months and (More)

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    Human Hormones Hamper Aquatic Wildlife

    Posted 11:41 PM 7/4/2013 by Tom Casselman

    COLUMBIA - Researchers at the United State Geological Survey (USGS) in Columbia are conducting tests on Missouri fish to measure the levels of human hormones in Missouri's waterways. 

    The USGS is testing to see if there is a rise in intersex characteristics in sturgeon. Those (More)

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    City of Columbia Works to Increase Energy Efficiency

    Posted 1:22 PM 7/3/2013 by Camille Hayes

    COLUMBIA - A recent study conducted by University of Missouri researchers showed Missouri is falling behind the rest of the country when it comes to renewable energy.

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    8 Goes Green: Basic Products Help People and Environment

    Posted 7:29 PM 6/30/2013 by Jack Wascher

    COLUMBIA - Maryanne Van Buskirk was only six weeks old when her parents found out she had allergies with much stronger reactions than most.

    "I get to the point where I can't breath," Van Buskirk said. "My throat swells up, my lungs swell; I've even had a reaction where the brain (More)

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