Monthly Archives: January 2011

Public welcome to Des Moines for Environmental Lobby Day


Iowa environmental organizations are hosting a public reception this Thursday, Feb. 3 at the State Capitol. The event will take place on the first floor rotunda from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Vistors can view member organization exhibits and talk … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Energy investments yield savings in Story County


This week’s radio segment highlights Story County’s money-saving shift to eco-friendly buildings (text in italics below). But that’s not the county’s only green effort. In September 2010, it drafted a plan to encourage more local food consumption, creating a division … Continue reading

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Report: Power plants put Iowans at risk for mercury poisoning


Iowa’s power plants spewed 2,735 pounds of poisonous mercury into the air in 2009 – the 17th highest tally for power plants in the nation, according to a new report from Environment Iowa. The report comes as the Environmental Protection … Continue reading

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Environmentalists warn of dire consequences of ‘Taxpayers First’ Provision


A little-discussed provision in Taxpayers First Act would adversely affect the environment and state revenue gained from recreation, warn state environmental advocates. The provision of the omnibus spending bill, which passed in the House of Representatives, forbids the Department of … Continue reading

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To achieve Obama’s SOTU goal, Iowa may need to invest in solar energy


    Former Hawkeye football star Tim Dwight is among those pushing to incentivize solar energy in Iowa In last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set forth an ambitious national goal: to derive 80 percent of electricity … Continue reading

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Iowans face greatest risk for radon, few test for it


It silently seeps into buildings, colorless and odorless - a radioactive gas caused by the decay of uranium rocks in the soil.  It enters through cracks in floors, walls or foundations and it can be found in building materials or tainted well … Continue reading

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Investigators seek suspect in eagle poaching


As Mississippi River towns are preparing to celebrate the bald eagle, state and federal investigators are looking for someone who shot and killed one member of the federally-protected non-game species in a field north of Letts in Southeast Iowa. “This is … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Climate change shifts Iowa’s animal populations


Take a listen to this week’s radio segment - Climate change and Iowa’s wood turtle.

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Rebuild Iowa Office to close its doors this summer


The Rebuild Iowa Office, which was established in 2008 to help Iowans recover from flood damage, will close for good on June 30, 2011. Iowa House and Senate Rebuild Iowa committees already met for the last time in 2010, and … Continue reading

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Lawmakers propose plan to fight floods


Though many are looking to cut spending in the news legislative session, several Iowa legislators have proposed a $60 million-a-year plan to mitigate future flood damage, the Des Moines Register reports. Proponents of the plan say that it will save … Continue reading

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