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Community Science Notes

Modeled after our Legislative Science Notes, Community Science Notes summarize the research and policy context surrounding locally important issues, including public comment periods and ballot initiatives.

The process and products related to the research, publication, and distribution of Community Science Notes supports several objectives of the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN), including: 

  • elevating the role of science and evidence in deliberative processes;
  • providing capacity, context, and content for local science advocates to use in broad engagement;
  • and raising the profile of science and evidence in the media.

Community Science Notes should always contain objective and nonpartisan research information. Writers should not make policy recommendations or include information that supports or opposes any policy alternative. All Community Science Note writers should adhere to the Missouri LSEN Code of Conduct.

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Climate Change & Infectious Disease

Environmental conditions in Missouri will increasingly favor the migration and survival of different organisms, including disease-causing agents and species not native to the region.

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Black Vultures

Black vultures are expanding their geographic range northward in Missouri. While vultures provide an important service in consuming waste material, black vultures can be a nuisance by occasionally attacking livestock and damaging property.

May 2021

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Air Pollution from Vehicle Emissions

Air pollution from motor vehicle emissions (i.e., exhaust) can lead to negative public health and environmental impacts that disproportionately impact children, seniors, urban residents and people with existing lung and heart problems. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for allowable levels of certain air pollutants (e.g., carbon monoxide, ozone) through the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

December 2021

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Agrivoltaics

Under some scenarios, solar panels can be integrated into cropping or livestock systems, providing an overall boost to productivity. These dual-use systems, known as “agrivoltaics”, may aid efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, provide farmers with alternative revenue sources, and help to meet the growing energy and food demands worldwide.

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