Monthly Archives: June 2012

Iowans help battle Colorado wildfire


As the Colorado wildfire continues, Iowans offer a helping hand. According to their Twitter account, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has sent two fire engines and two firefighting crews (eight firefighters in total) to help contain the Colorado wildfires. … Continue reading

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Several Iowa counties updated to drought status


Several counties in eastern Iowa have been updated to drought status, according to U.S. Drought Monitor map issued by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Nebraska. The map adds the counties of Scott, … Continue reading

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ISU reduces bus emissions on campus


Next school year, Iowa State University will reduce the environmental impact of their on-campus buses. ISU is adding two new buses – each of which is twice the size of a traditional bus. These buses can run on biodiesel, which … Continue reading

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Cattle owners must help their animals fight the heat


Iowa is in the midst of a hot spell. This is particularly challenging weather for cattle and their owners. In order to keep cattle safe, their owners should make sure there’s clean water and shade available. Additionally, it’s recommended to … Continue reading

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Iowa walnut trees threatened by beetle


Tree and bug experts across Iowa are keeping an eye out for the walnut twig beetle – a tiny insect that could damage Iowa’s black walnut industry. The beetle carries a fungus known as thousand cankers disease, which can kill … Continue reading

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Takle discusses farming and climate change with IPR


Earlier this month, Iowa State University Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle discussed the relationship between climate change and farming with Iowa Public Radio. Takle, who is also a Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, covered both … Continue reading

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UI implements more composting efforts


The University of Iowa has implemented composting techniques at many locations around the campus. Both the UI Hillcrest Marketplace and the UI Hospitals and Clinics have food pulpers, which grind food waste into a pulp that’s easily converted into compost. … Continue reading

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On the Radio: University of Iowa celebrates progress in flood awareness


Listen to this week’s radio segment here  or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights the University of Iowa’s upcoming efforts to celebrate progress in flood awareness. Leading up to the fifth anniversary of the 2008 floods, the University of … Continue reading

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UI students create energy map for Dubuque


Graduate students at the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning have created a Web-based energy map of Dubuque. This interactive program allows the people of Dubuque to determine which of three renewable energy sources – solar, wind … Continue reading

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Iowa Goodwill stores to cease television recycling program


Starting July 1, many Iowa Goodwill stores will no longer accept donations of unwanted televisions. Dana Engelbert of Goodwill said it’s become too costly for the company to dispose of televisions that sit around in the stores, gathering dust and … Continue reading

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