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About jmalewitz

Jim Malewitz is a journalism intern at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. Additionally, as a master's journalism student at the University of Iowa, he is conducting research on non-profit journalism while serving as an assistant editor at Malewitz graduated from Grinnell College in 2009, where he majored in political science with a concentration in global development studies. He loves America, the states of Michigan and Iowa and Detroit Tigers baseball. He also an odd fascination with the former German Democratic Republic. He likes the environment too.

UN report: World Could Run on 80 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

But Governments Must First Pursue Appropriate Policies, Report Says UN News Service Renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, biomass and hydropower could meet nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy supplies by 2050 if governments pursue policies that … Continue reading

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EPA Calls for More Testing at Alliant’s Coal Ash Ponds in Burlington

Can about 68 acres of coal ash ponds in Burlington withstand an earthquake? To find out, the EPA has required Alliant Energy to do more testing of their supporting walls, according to a statement from the agency. The EPA does … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Using Geothermal Energy, West Union Colors Historic Downtown Green

 Note: The text in this post has been updated to reflect that West Union has not yet begun to use its district geothermal energy system, but it plans to soon. The audio clip, however, has not been updated. Language in the … Continue reading

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Study Links Climate Change to Lower Crop yields, Higher Food Prices

Climate change is to blame for falling crop yields and skyrocketing food prices, according to a new study published by the journal Science.

The findings are consistent with those of Iowa’s Climate Change Impacts Committee, which issued a report to the governor in January. Continue reading

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UI students help Iowa communities reach sustainability goals

A group of University of Iowa students is helping Iowa communities turn greener. Through the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities program, second-year students at the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning are serving as unpaid professional consultants in Iowa … Continue reading

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To limit erosion, some researchers hope to develop perennial crops

But research could take decades, as funding remains low As winds and heavy rains are sweeping away Iowa’s soil at record rates, some researchers are looking to develop crops that will keep more soil on the ground. Small amounts of … Continue reading

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Environlinks – EPA, Energy and Climate Change

A look at environmental headlines from around the country Cedar Rapids Gazette (Capitol News Connection): The road to a new nuclear plant in Iowa will be long and expensive. Politico: In an effort to repair the EPA’s image in farm states, … Continue reading

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EPA, NOAA: May 2-May 6 is “Air Quality Awareness Week”

The EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have dedicated this week to air quality awareness. This comes on the heels of a year in which Iowa exceeded federal air quality standards at a record clip due to stricter criteria. … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Keeping your car and local waters clean

Listen to this week’s radio segment. It details how you can limit local water pollution while you enjoy a warm weather ritual: car washing. And, for more information, see this EPA brochure.

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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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