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Environment

Four prospective Johnson County projects aimed at building greener, more pedestrian- and bike-friendly infrastructure are in the running to get funding from the Mid-America Regional Council — and residents have a chance to weigh in on which projects they'd...
If you suffer form seasonal allergies, you might have noticed a stuffier nose, itchier eyes and bigger sneezes this spring.  As it turns out, you're not imagining things.  Allergy season is worse than normal this year and, in fact, has gradually...
By Barbara Shelly The mayor of Smithville, Missouri, walks nearly everywhere. To the nearby elementary school with his daughter. To City Hall. To the new downtown coffee shop that doubles as a community theater at night. To the downtown food coop...
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen Let’s talk about very hungry caterpillars. In Kansas and Missouri, they face an increasingly difficult time finding things to eat. That’s making it ever harder for butterflies and moths to survive. Their populations are shrinking, especially in the Midwest,...
A Kansas City-based solar energy company is exploring the idea of developing a solar farm on the defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in De Soto. Savion, LLC, a privately-held company that specializes in utility-scale solar power and storage, has begun...
It's as certain this time of year as cooling temperatures and leaves changing color: the increased sight of brown marmorated stink bugs. This time of year, the pesky six-legged creatures are looking to move indoors to find warmth. Dennis Patton, a...
Learn more: Read the Post's FAQ on plans to build a 2,000-acre solar farm in southwest Johnson County. A solar farm proposed for the western part of Johnson County and into Douglas County would be better placed at the old Sunflower...
An ambitious climate action plan intended to get the Kansas City area to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is making its way through local governments, including the Johnson County Commission. Commissioners are due to look at the Kansas City...
By Alex Smith  On a recent evening at Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village, Kansas, triathalon coach Liz Weidling led a handful of athletes through a grueling training session, alternating running laps with turns on stationary bikes. Despite the occasional jokes...
County planners and landowners are getting ready for a radically different type of farm planned for the area west of Gardner. Once it’s operational, the West Gardner Solar Project by NextEra Energy will be the largest such solar farm in...
Prairie Village and Roeland Park joined Merriam and Shawnee as the only cities in northern Johnson County with solar panel installations at city facilities. The city of Merriam has had a solar panel installation on the roof of the Visitors...
Some homeowners in Johnson County, particularly in older neighborhoods concentrated in the northeast, may have noticed swarms of insects gathering around shrubs in their front lawns. These bugs are boxwood leafminers, and they’re not exactly good for the health of...