Category Archives: Climate

Cooler temps offer needed relief for RAGBRAI bikers


After enduring two days of high temperatures and gusting winds, RAGBRAI cyclists will get a much-needed reprieve from the heat during Wednesday’s leg of the ride. Today’s RAGBRAI route takes bikers from Forest City to Mason City, a distance of 38.5 miles. Conditions in … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Carbon emission reductions under the Clean Power Plan


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon emissions in Iowa and across the country. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Clean Power Plan … Continue reading

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June ranked Iowa’s fourth wettest month in 141 years


Last month’s recorded rainfall in Iowa was nearly ten inches, making it the fourth wettest month the state has seen since accurate records started being kept in 1873. The week of June 15th saw rainfall levels nearly three times above … Continue reading

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Rainfall slowing fieldwork and crop progress in Iowa


A third consecutive week of above-average rainfall across the state limited farmers’ fieldwork and put added stress on crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report for the week. There were just 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Clean Power Plan health benefits


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at the potential health benefits of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Clean Power Plan health benefits Thousands of lives and … Continue reading

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Asphalt: both victim and culprit of Iowa flooding


Heavy rainfall throughout Iowa over the weekend caused flash floods in several cities, resulting in two deaths and causing millions of dollars in infrastructure damage. Some of the most striking damage was to Iowa’s roads. Floods closed off residential roads and highways … Continue reading

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New analysis spells out risks of climate change on Midwest business


An extensive risk analysis report released Tuesday outlines what a warmer climate could mean for U.S. private and public sectors, with significant shifts in store for the Midwest. The report was released by the Risky Business Project, an effort to … Continue reading

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Canadian university reduces emissions while levels rise for City


Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 10 percent (compared to 2010 levels) at Queen’s University while emissions for the City of Kingston – home to Queen’s University – have risen. The 2011-2012 Queen’s University Greenhouse Gas Inventory analyzes greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Iowa’s role in the Clean Power Plan


This week’s On the Radio segment provides an overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Clean Power Plan and what it means for Iowa’s energy providers. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Clean Power Plan … Continue reading

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IPR’s ‘River to River’ discusses how new EPA carbon emission standards will affect Iowa


Today’s segment of ‘River to River’ on Iowa Public Radio discussed how the EPA’s new carbon emissions standard will affect Iowa. Jerry Schnoor, University of Iowa environmental engineering professor and CGRER co-director, contributed to the program as did producer and Little … Continue reading

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