Monthly Archives: September 2011

Iowa’s energy efficient homes on the rise


Iowa is among the nation’s leaders in creating energy efficient homes. According to the EPA, there was a 21 percent increase in homes built to Energy Star standards from 2009 to 2010. Often, the energy efficient measures taken to reach … Continue reading

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Iowa mountain lion sighting confirmed


Mountain lions in Iowa? The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed that a photograph taken in Clinton County last week is of a mountain lion. The DNR hopes that this mountain lion sighting wont cause a panic. Mountain lion … Continue reading

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Google to purchase solar panels for 3,000 homes


Google released a statement yesterday announcing that they would attribute $75 million to build solar panels on residential buildings. Read more from the Associated Press below: Google wants to buy solar panels for your house. The search giant announced yesterday … Continue reading

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Iowa winter forecasts predict cold and snowy weather


Like the snow? Then you will be pleased by the latest winter predictions for Iowa. Current forecasts show that this winter could yield lower than average temperatures, and greater than average snowfall. If this occurs, it will be Iowa’s fifth … Continue reading

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More news out of ISU on lowering hog odor


There is more good news about reducing pig farm odor. Just the other day we released a radio segment on efforts to reduce hog odor. Now a team at Iowa State University has created new technology that tracks weather patterns … Continue reading

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Environmental Experts Speak: UI’s Keri Hornbuckle discusses PCBs and other toxins


Keri Hornbuckle is a professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of  Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also a member of the Center For Global & Regional Environmental Research. Much of Hornbuckle’s research involves measuring and studying toxins in … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Taking the odor out of pig farms


Listen to this week’s radio piece here or read the transcript below.  It discusses a new odor-reducing technology designed to help pig farms stay healthy and productive. As any Iowan knows, the terms “hog farm” and “odorless” don’t often go together, … Continue reading

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Iowa City to host sustainability event on the 25th


On September 25 Iowa City will unite for a less fossil fuel dependent lifestyle. The University of Iowa and Iowa City host the upcoming event, which consists of a day full of sustainable activities. These activities include a bike ride … Continue reading

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Pheasant numbers at all time low for Iowa hunters


Too many winters featuring heavy snowfall has done damage to Iowa’s pheasant population.  As the 2011 season approaches, hunters can expect to see fewer birds this fall. Read more from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources below: Results of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Volunteers to clean up Iowa River


Do your part to cleanup the Iowa River! On October 9 volunteers are invited to help clean a 9.5-mile stretch between Iowa City’s Sturgis Ferry Park and Hills Access near Hills, IA. Volunteers choose between paddling along the river to … Continue reading

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