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Smithsonian’s National Zoo and KHS work with new programs to help the environment

At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo they are working to help show what scientists are calling a ‘possible sixth mass extinction.’

Ethan Peter, Maddie Meyers, and Emma Lingo

November 22, 2019

A small pod of kindergarteners press their faces against the tank and stare intently. Inside, fish swim lazily through the murky water. It is 11 a.m. Suddenly, the kindergarteners gasp, then scream in delight. The Animal Keepers drop fish food into the water and the fish surge together, swarming ar...

Photo gallery: Global Youth Strike for Climate

Strikers hold a large sign that reads

Audrey Berns and Sarah Nash

March 27, 2019

The youth of St. Louis gathered around the Old Courthouse Friday March 15, joining millions of others around the world to protest the government's lack of concern for the environment.  The strike was originally organized by Swedish Climate Activist and Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg and spread to...

Issues: Threats to the ocean

Issues: Threats to the ocean

Sarah Nash, Grace Carroll, and Tatum Shore-Fitzgerald

October 26, 2018

In this art spread, TKC art staffers aimed to highlight various issues surrounding our world's oceans.  Threats to marine life include waste pollution, ocean acidity, oil spills and more....

Ways to be environmentally friendly

Image courtesy of Google under the Creative Commons License

Lydia Cohen, web staff

October 5, 2018

Students file into room SC 106 each day with the hopes of doing the little bit they can to help improve KHS’ impact upon the Earth. In the environmental sustainability class, students attempt to reduce trash, waste and the carbon footprint left by the school. “[Being environmentally friendly] is impor...

Chinese regulations impact American recycling

“The average American should expect the cost of recycling collection to go up,” Biderman said. “It’s going to go up more on the coast than in the middle of the country, but it’s going to go up in both places.”

Maddie Meyers, web managing editor

September 20, 2018

Your shirt. Your shoes. Your phone. Chances are, all of these items were made in China. America even relies on China for its recycling needs. But that is about to change. According to David Biderman, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) executive director, America exports about one third of its recycling, and most of that goes to China because America d...

The ripple effect

The ripple effect

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

September 19, 2018

The City of Kirkwood introduced the possibility of suspending their curbside, single-stream recycling program due to increased contamination of loads being sent to China. However, due to opposition from the community, city officials announced they would continue to fund curbside pick up for the next 6...

Earth Day in Kirkwood

photo courtesy of Google under the Creative Commons license

Zack Deutschmann, Writer

May 21, 2018

Imagine a world where the sky is always grey and the grass is always a dark brown. Imagine never having sunshine that brings warmth inside your house. Imagine never getting to breathe the clean air and feeling refreshed after each breath. All around the world, people celebrated the 48th Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22. Earth Day...

The Environment Sucks and Why You Should be Killing It

The Environment Sucks and Why You Should be Killing It

Jack Bugee, opinions writer

April 25, 2018

I’ve been meaning to get something off my chest for a while. Seeing everybody talking about saving the environment has started to really grind my gears. It’s insane how far some go to protect something so fleeting. Since the human race has been beating rocks together  we’ve been on a conquest to...

Trash can’t

Trash can't

Charlotte Heinrich, features writer

March 16, 2018

Some would say the “recycling bin” of KHS seems to be half full. I would ask, is the recycling even being recycled? On a dreary Monday night this January, a custodian in the history building openly dumped the contents of the little blue recycling bin into the gray landfill on wheels. She said...

Trash can

Trash can

Will Drury, Parsnip Editor

February 12, 2018

Christmas came late for KHS students this year. Just a few weeks ago, every rosy-cheeked and acne-speckled high schooler was greeted with an overabundance of gifts from KSD, including a brand new laptop, case and charger wrapped up in a neat cardboard box and plastic wrapping. While most children greedily...

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