Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day one of Air Quality Awareness Week


Today marks the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week. For the first day of Air Quality Awareness Week, the EPA is increasing awareness of particle pollution. Particle pollution refers to very small particles that can get into our lungs and … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Roundup may present danger to Iowa’s environment


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the effects of the herbicide known as Roundup. Should Iowans worry about how the world’s most widely used herbicide affects our environment? This is the Iowa … Continue reading

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Tax credit uncertainty leads to wind power layoffs


Since Congress has not yet extended the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy set to expire at the end of the year, the wind power industry is laying off many workers. Some experts estimate that there will be 37,000 layoffs … Continue reading

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Watch the Iowa DNR’s live FalconCam


Since 2003, a pair of peregrine falcons have made their home atop the MidAmerican Energy Building in Davenport, Iowa. Together they’ve raised more than a dozen chicks, with four more set to hatch around May 1st of this year. A … Continue reading

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Volunteer to clean up Iowa’s parks!


Help preserve Iowa’s parks! On April 27 and 28, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain 12 Iowa state parks. Volunteers will work with Iowa DNR AmeriCorps members to clean-up trails, collect litter and … Continue reading

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UI Professor Greg Carmichael receives prestigious environmental award


University of Iowa professor and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Greg Carmichael, earned the highest environmental award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers – the 2012 Lawrence K. Cecil Award. As part of the … Continue reading

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CGRER Student Research Focus – Luke Smith


Luke Smith, a senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, details his research on an ecosystem’s ability to naturally clean oil through a process called phytoremediation.

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Iowa’s colleges and universities lower use of bottled water


Iowa’s colleges and universities are working to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. Many schools have recently installed water fountains designed to refill water bottles (i.e. there’s enough space under the water fountains’ spouts to fit most water … Continue reading

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Another lawsuit for Grain Processing Corporation


Last week we highlighted an intense radio segment from Iowa Public Radio detailing the health issues caused by pollution in Muscatine. Much of this pollution comes from the Grain Processing Corporation’s (GPC) facilities. Now, Muscatine residents are moving towards a … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Kirkwood’s campus gets greener


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights the excellent environmental practices of Kirkwood Community College. Kirkwood Community College is raising the standards for on-campus sustainability. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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