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Colleen Wouters

Colleen Wouters

Colleen Wouters earned her bachelor’s degree in science, health and environmental journalism in May. She minored in environmental science. As a reporter and editor for the Columbia Missourian and Vox, and as a member of the inaugural class of Missouri Information Corps fellows in 2020, she has focused on scientific and environmental topics.

Climate change means more flooding, raising concerns about Missouri coal ash ponds

By: - August 9, 2021

This story was produced by Missouri Information Corps.  Our warming planet is the catalyst behind heavier rains that threaten to bring about a hidden danger — rising water tables seeping into unlined coal ash pits, mixing with and contaminating groundwater used not only for agriculture, but as drinking water. In Missouri, out of the 16 coal-fired […]

Climate change triggers rare crop diseases in Missouri

By: - July 7, 2021

This story was produced by Missouri Information Corps.  New crop diseases pervading Missouri have been linked to climate change, and they’re directly impacting crop production. Climate change has already made Missouri a little more hot and humid, but has also caused some diseases for crops like corn and soybeans to become more prevalent. If not […]