Monthly Archives: November 2010

Iowa Environmental Council seeks action on Cedar Rapids Sewage Plant

The Iowa Environmental Council is concerned that a newly proposed wastewater discharge permit for the Cedar Rapids sewage plant does not adequately restrict mercury and ammonia levels in the waters. It requests that Iowans with similar reservations share them with … Continue reading

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Iowa nets funds for Mississippi River preservation

Iowa will get a $8.4 million chunk of more than $43 million of federal money that will improve conservation efforts along the Mississippi River. More from the Iowa Independent: Eligible farmers and landowners will soon have some help implementing projects … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Growing Iowa’s energy independence

Photo from Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance via Wikimedia Commons Listen to this week’s radio clip. It details the efforts of Iowa farmers to reduce electricity use across the state. These days, crops aren’t all that Iowa’s farmers are growing. They’re … Continue reading

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IEF exclusive: Despite high emotions, tar sands refinery near Iowa border far from realized

By Jim Malewitz Elk Point was never in the spotlight before. But for three years, this quiet South Dakota town of just 750 families and a handful of restaurants has become the focal point in a dispute over a proposed … Continue reading

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Anti-climate change report said to have been plagiarized

A 2006 report that was used to question the validity of climate change research likely breeched basic scholarly ethics. From the USA Today: An influential 2006 congressional report that raised questions about the validity of global warming research was partly … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Growing Trees, Cleaning Iowa

Listen to this week’s radio spot on Lou Licht, who uses trees to clean up the land, water and air. For more information on Licht, check out the Iowa Independent, or read this interview with him: The Accidental Capitalist. Planting … Continue reading

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From our office, a real-time glimpse at adaptation to Iowa’s changing weather

Over the past few days, we’ve gotten a live-action look at climate change adaptation from the comfort of our offices. As some of us gaze out the windows of Iowa Advanced Technology Labs on the UI campus, we can see a crew working … Continue reading

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UI Engineer gets NASA grant to study Iowa soil erosion

Photo by Irum Shahid UI News Services Release With rising commodity prices bringing more farm land under cultivation, a University of Iowa researcher is checking to see whether soil erosion may also be on the rise. Thanos Papanicolaou, professor in … Continue reading

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Iowa City approves 500 year flood plain rule

Thanks to a measure just passed in the city council, Iowa City residents may see a future of drier homes and lower flood insurance premiums. In a unanimous vote, the council voted to require that new buildings would be constructed … Continue reading

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Climate change coming to Iowa

Check out the Des Moines Register’s online coverage of climate change in Iowa.  The Register’s research looks at the future impact on communities, weather and agriculture across the state.  Here are some of the findings that the infographic showcases: By the year 2090, a major flood could … Continue reading

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