Monthly Archives: August 2012

High temperatures force early dismissals at Iowa schools

This year’s unusually warm summer continues to affect Iowans. Schools around the state have been forced to dismiss students early during some of the hotter days. On Thursday, 50 Iowa schools ended early. As long as the school day last … Continue reading

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Graceland University adopts car-sharing program

Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa is adding a car sharing service to their campus. Many schools around Iowa have initiated car-sharing programs, including the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. With these programs, one or more cars are parked … Continue reading

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Drought conditions ease slightly in Iowa

A map released Tuesday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that, though all of Iowa remains under a status of at least “severe” drought, the amount of area categorized as under “extreme” drought as receded slightly. This new map reflects the heavy … Continue reading

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Drought damaged corn further threatened by fungus

Agricultural officials throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and other corn producing states are on watch for corn contaminated by a poison-producing fungus. The fungus thrives in hot, dry conditions like this summer’s drought, and trace amounts have already been identified in some … Continue reading

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UI to increase recycling efforts at Kinnick Stadium

The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability, Athletics Department, ECO Hawk student organization and Delta Tau Delta fraternity are working together to increase recycling at the university’s Kinnick Stadium. Recycling station will now be available both outside and inside the … Continue reading

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Photos from Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve in Grinnell

Here’s a gallery of the Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve in Grinnell. Krumm contains miles of trails winding through 50 acres of reconstructed prairie. It’s a great spot for walking, running, bird watching and fishing. For details on Krumm, including how … Continue reading

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On the Radio: UI students help make local homes more eco-friendly

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights the efforts of an Iowa City based non-profit group. Not all solicitors want your money; some just want to improve your home’s energy efficiency. This is … Continue reading

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CGRER co-director writes climate change column

The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research’s co-director Jerry Schnoor has released a column on climate change. In the article, Schnoor discusses how trends in record temperatures can indicate climate change. The United States has seen about two record … Continue reading

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Luther College builds Iowa’s largest solar array

The largest solar energy production site in the state will be brought online later this month on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The new $1.2 million solar energy field will consist of 1,250 separate solar panels, and is part … Continue reading

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UI’s Hillcrest Dining hall may switch to tray-less dining

The University of Iowa plans to eliminate the use of trays in the Hillcrest Dining Hall this semester. Using trays causes an increase in water waste, since the trays have to be cleaned in addition to plates and silverware. It … Continue reading

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