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Australian engineering students aim to set world record for fastest solar-powered vehicle


Engineering students at the University of New South Wales have recently designed a solar-powered car that they hope will set the Guinness World Record for “highest average speed over a 500 km (310 mi) distance.” Members of Sunswift, the team responsible for … Continue reading

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American Ethanol team participating in RAGBRAI XLII


The 42nd (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – kicked off on Sunday and this year’s event features a nearly 200-person team representing American Ethanol. This year’s route passes through “the heart of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Iowa grocery shoppers have varied views on GMOs


  The use of genetically modified organisms ranks low in the list of factors Iowans consider when buying groceries, according to a new survey from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The study, conducted online by Harris Poll, surveyed around 500 … Continue reading

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Wartburg College receives grants for environmental research


Faculty and researchers at Wartburg College have received two grants for different types of environmental research. A grant awarded by the U.S. Forestry Service will provide funding for studying and improving streams. Students, faculty, and other researchers will study steams … Continue reading

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Private and community colleges in Iowa focus on green initiatives


Private colleges in Iowa are keeping up with the national trend of increased green initiatives at private colleges and universities. Coe College in Cedar Rapids is undergoing an effort to decrease consumption of electricity (by 25 percent) and natural gas … 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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Central College becomes fourth Iowa school to join Alliance for Resilient Campuses


Central College has become the most recent higher education institute in Iowa to join the Alliance for Resilient Campuses. Central – a liberal arts college with 1,486 undergrads located in Pella, Iowa – is among 35 other colleges and universities … Continue reading

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Proposed oil pipeline would run through 17 Iowa counties


An 1,100-mile underground pipeline would run from Lyon County in the northwest corner of Iowa to Lee County in the southeast if it properly clears hurdles by various regulatory groups. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. – a Dallas, Texas-based company – has … Continue reading

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Iowa plant first to produce cellulosic ethanol using fiber from corn kernels


A northwest Iowa facility has recently produced the first gallons of “cellulosic” ethanol using fiber from corn kernels. The Quad County Corn Processors plant in Galva has produced ethanol using starch from corn kernels for more than a decade and … Continue reading

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