Category Archives: Opinion

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What Is That On The Train Moving Through The Local Area?

Photo: Lloyd Todd.

Residents of our area keep a wary eye on what’s coming down local railroad tracks. Maybe this can be traced back to the 1980s, when radioactive rubble from Three Mile Island (TMI) passed through on the way to Idaho.

That rubble caused an uproar. Protests resulted in railroads making a number of concessions. For example, the canisters of deadly materials were put on dedicated trains. Buffer cars were placed on either side of shipment railway cars as a safety measure in case of collisions.

In recent weeks, we’ve had several inquiries about huge tubes passing by on the rails. What do they contain? Do they pose any hazard?

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Carl’s Climate Letter Has Been Following The Flood Waters

Water over the top of Marshall Road in Kirkwood. photo by Diana Linsley.

Check out Climate Carl’s recent flooding analysis and commentary.

“How often can you expect to see a 500-year flood?  This article in Vox has all kinds of interesting commentary on the subject of flood probability.  One spot in the Houston area has had three of the 500-year type in just five years.  New definitions are needed, and they are likely to have an effect on things like community preparations and property insurance rates.”
Find more interesting and informative environmental analysis from Climate Carl at Carl’s Climate Letters.
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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – Can A Little Common Sense Save Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park?

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Daisies To Arlene Sandler: This Woman Has A Better Idea for Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park – Daggers to Legacy Ice Foundation’s Indoor Hockey Facility’s Bad Idea for Creve Coeur Lake Nature Area

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Many Local Communities Moving Forward With The Paris Climate Accord

“I believe the President hurt our country and the world by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement,” said University City Mayor Shelley Welsch. Photo credit: West End Word.

“Since we won’t act globally, then it’s time for us to act locally.” That’s the mantra for area residents who do not believe opening old coal mines is the answer to job growth – or the way to address the global warming crisis.

Not long after our President nixed America’s lead role in the global Paris Agreement for combating climate change, my work computer lit up with emails like a Christmas tree – full of LEDs. The messages were about enlisting local mayors to take up the challenge of sensible environmental and sustainable energy policies.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – GOP Establishes Itself as “Anti-Environment Party” Rejecting Past Legacy; Meanwhile, Environmentalists in St. Louis Go Local

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Steve Bannon and GOP Leaders and Local St. Louis Mayors & Environmentalists.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – Trump & America’s Young Evangelicals

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Trump Joins Syria and Nicaragua To Take Stand Against What He Calls The “Chinese Hoax” of Global Warming.

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Perfect Storm: Climate Change, Commercial Development, and Floodplains

Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times

“How high’s the water, mama?” Johnny Cash sang in 1974. The  scary answer: “Five feet and risin.’”

The late, great Cash should have seen our flooding Meramec River, between Kirkwood and Fenton, earlier this month. He could have easily sang, “43 feet and risin.’”

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – Goodall & Blunt

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Daisies  to Anthropologist Jane Goodall, Who Labels U.S. Rejection Of Climate Science As “Depressing” and Daggers to Sen. Roy Blunt, Who Has Joined Trump’s Train To Run Over Climate Scientists And Their Data.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Daisies to Joe Edwards – His Moonrise Hotel In St. Louis Is Among The Greenest Locations Nationally and Daggers to Donald Trump – His Windy City Hotel Ranks Among Least Eco-FriendlyChicago Buildings

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies

Kudos to 1,000 Businesses For Climate Change Action; Daggers to Rex Tillerson and the War Against the EPA

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: IKEA and Rex Tillerson

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