Monthly Archives: April 2011

Report: Quad Cities area ranks near last nationally in short-term particle pollution


Air quality varies across the rest of Iowa, according to American Lung Association report  Quad Cities residents can’t quite breathe easy. That’s because their region ranks 25th in short-term particle pollution – a phenomenon, which increases their risk of heart attacks, … Continue reading

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Iowa City will host renewable energy symposium this weekend


The UI’s Iowa Memorial Union look a little greener this weekend. From Thursday to Sunday it will play host to the 2011 Iowa Renewable Energy Association Symposium and Exposition – the only event of its kind in the state.

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Report: Climate Change will prove costly to Iowans


Iowa will pay heavily – either now or later – for the effects of climate change, according to a new report from the American Security Project, a nonprofit, bipartisan research organization. The conclusions of the Washington D.C.-based organization largely echo … Continue reading

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EPA: Dubuque to pay fine, upgrade sewer system after Clean Water Act violations


After long-lasting violations, city to prevent future sewer overflows, make other upgrades The City of Dubuque has agreed to pay a $205,000 civil penalty and spend an additional $3 million on improvements to its water pollution control plant and sewer … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Windsor Heights keeps Iowa green


Listen to this week’s radio segment on Windsor Heights and its plans for sustainability. Just north of West Des Moines sits Windsor Heights – a small city brimming with ideas for cleaner, healthier living. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus … Continue reading

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Envirolinks: Earth Day Edition


Happy Earth Day! Here’s a look at what state and national news organizations are reporting on this environmental holiday in its 41st year. 

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CGRER researchers develop air pollution prediction system for Santiago, Chile


Quicker predictions will help officials protect public health In the Southern Hemisphere, the months of April, May and June mark the transition from summer to winter and usher in masses of stagnant air that often give rise to urban air … Continue reading

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Farmland prices rise in renewable energy boom


This work by Midwest Energy News is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. By Kevin Dobbs Midwest farmers – and the land on which they rely – have prospered in recent years, even as the U.S. endured a financial … Continue reading

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Johnson County fisherman catches record size blue sucker


On April 11, a 3-1/4-inch blue sucker – true to its name – took a Johnson County fisherman’s bait. That sucker became the largest fish of its kind caught in Iowa. The fish, caught by Steven Jones, weighed in at … Continue reading

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Story County bluebird conference set for April 23


Blue birding-loving Iowans are in luck this weekend. On April 23, Story County Conservation and Iowa Bluebird Conservationists are hosting a bluebird conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park.

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