Science reporter John McGrath brings you a curated reading list in the areas of science and sustainability every Wednesday.
The water level of the Missouri River is lowering, and this has the potential to cost the region millions of dollars in infrastructure damage and losses for local business. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that they are seeking input from both the public and local stakeholders on how the bed of the Missouri River is degrading to dangerous levels. The Corps encourages residents to join an online forum and submit comments through March 31.
2. Mystery of Easter Island — NOVA
Easter Island is one of the great mysteries of the world. Questions abound about how nearly 900 giant statues were built and moved by the ancient islanders. NOVA explores claims that challenge previous thinking about the islanders and how they transformed a once thriving paradise into a treeless wasteland.
The honey badger is one of the most relentless creatures to ever walk the planet. Little is known about this mysterious animal and why it is so aggressive in the wild. The PBS series Nature takes an in-depth look at this fascinating creature.
4. Big changes in the dairy industry hurting some farmers — Harvest Public Media
In the past 10 years, more than half of the nation’s dairy farms have gone out of business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 2,500 dairies in the state of Missouri have been shut down. Even as these businesses have shut down, milk production is rising.
5. Senior Environmental Officer talks about Household Hazardous Waste — The Hale Center for Journalism
Robert Fort is the senior environmental officer at the Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Facility. He shares his views on his job and about what recycling dangerous materials means to him.