IPR discusses Iowa’s water


The Mississippi River. Photo by SSShupe, Flckr.
The Mississippi River. Photo by SSShupe, Flckr.

Iowa Public Radio has released a piece about the state of Iowa’s water supply.

The beginning of the segment focuses on the research of University of Iowa assistant professor, and CGRER member, Craig Just. He discusses his research using mussels to monitor water quality in the Mississippi River.

Author Charles Fishman is also part of the radio segment. He wrote “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.”

Check out the full story here.

CGRER’s research video projects


CGRER's YouTube page
CGRER’s YouTube page

Iowa Now has featured an article about the research video projects that the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) is producing.

The first series of videos created by CGRER primarily focuses on graduate student researchers at UI. Those videos are available on the CGRER Research Focus YouTube channel.

The next series of videos features faculty members involved in UI’s water sustainability initiative. Those videos will be released on this blog when they’re finished.

Check out the Iowa Now article here.

IOWA CLIMATE STATEMENT: THE DROUGHT OF 2012


(Des Moines) Iowans can expect more extreme weather like the 2012 drought thanks to changes in the climate caused by greenhouse gases.  That’s according to a statewide group of Iowa scientists who believe that Iowans should act now to reduce economic costs due to climate change

“In a warmer climate, wet years get wetter and dry years get dryer.  And dry years get hotter — that is precisely what happened in Iowa this year, “ said Chris Anderson, Research Assistant Professor, Climate Science Program at Iowa State University.  Continue reading

Audio: UI’s Jerry Schnoor discusses phytoremediation


Jerry Schnoor is a Professor in the University of Iowa’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is also the co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER).

Phytoremediation refers to the process of using plants to mitigate environmental problems. This includes using plants to extract harmful contaminants from soil and groundwater. Jerry and his students have done research on phytoremediation for more than two decades.

UI’s Cory Forbes helps foster K-12 science


Cory Forbes works at his desk

In the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which assesses 4th-8th graders around the world, the United States ranked 11th in the science category. These kinds of results have both caused concern and spurred new research about how to better educate America’s youth in the sciences.

This is where Cory Forbes comes in. Forbes is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Iowa (UI) and a Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) member. Since arriving at UI in 2009, Forbes has led a series of research projects aimed at finding more affective ways to teach and foster learning of the sciences for elementary and middle school students.

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Schnoor speaks with IPR about EPA


Photo by Michael Gallagher.

University of Iowa professor and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research co-director Jerry Schnoor spoke the other day with Iowa Public Radio.

Schnoor explained the concerns he has for the Environmental Protection Agency’s future. He originally addressed these concerns in the “Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead” report.

Listen to Schnoor speak here.

Iowa’s climate experts discuss climate change


East Indian Creek in Story County dried up because of this year’s drought. Photo by cwwycoff1, Flickr.

The Gazette has released an article where experts around the state address climate change and its affects on Iowa.

The experts include Iowa State University professor, and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, Eugene Takle. According to Takle, both this year’s drought and the recent wet years Iowa has experienced are consistent with climate change. This is because climate change causes an increase in extreme weather events.

Other speakers in the article include ISU’s Christopher Anderson and Elywynn Taylor, state climatologist Harry Hillaker and state senator Rob Hogg.

Read the story here.

Jerry Schnoor advises EPA on future


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University of Iowa professor and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) co-director Jerry Schnoor has helped create a report advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The “Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead” report from the National Research Council calls on the EPA to become younger, smarter and more engaged in society.

Read more about the report here.

CGRER co-director writes climate change column


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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 highs for every record low over the last few years. This ratio is expected to increase to 20:1 by mid-century due to climate change.

Schnoor also states that events like this summer’s drought will occur more frequently because of greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere.

Read Schnoor’s column in the Des Moines Register here.

UI professor hopes to foster sustainability education


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University of Iowa professor, and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, Craig Just participated in a small forum aimed at developing a booklet on sustainability education.

This booklet will soon be available on a website Just is creating. He hopes the booklet will help facilitate more constructive conversations about sustainability.

The forum and booklet were funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Read the full article here.