A small patch of forest in St. Louis County could be a big part of understanding global climate change.
In November, the 60-acre plot at Washington University's Tyson Research Center near Eureka was named a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the land between Lone Elk and West Tyson County Parks is now part of a network of 52 other forest plots scattered around the world being used to study climate change and biodiversity.
In part, the Smithsonian project is examining both how climate change affects forests and how forests affect climate change.
The Tyson plot is expected to provide a lot of information because scientists have been monitoring it since the 1980s and have collected data covering two of Missouri's worst droughts, 1988 and 2012. The latter was the worst on record.
A collision between and Amtrak train and semi truck in Kirkwood this afternoon.
Police say the semi was hit by the train at the intersection of Scott and Leffingwell. No reports of any injuries at this time.
Police still do not know what caused the semi to be on the tracks in front of the train.
Police have identified the driver who died in a car accident on Interstate-44 yesterday.
Morgan Ciota was driving eastbound on 44 near the Jefferson exit when she lost control of her car. The driver of a semi truck saw her car start to spin and the driver tried to avoid Ciota. But the semi slid into the car. When emergency crews arrived they pronounced Ciota dead on the scene.
Police believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident.