On the Radio: Declining bee population hurts Iowa and nation


Honeybees play an important role in the pollination of crops.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon that threatens Iowa’s bee population. Continue reading

On the Radio: Iowa universities receive major energy research grant


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  This week’s piece features a National Science Foundation grant that was awarded to Iowa’s three regent universities.

Iowa’s renewable energy research is about to reach a new level thanks to a National Science Foundation grant. Continue reading

On the Radio: Volunteers clean up Iowa River


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It features a group of eastern Iowa volunteers who cleaned up the Iowa River earlier this fall.

The Iowa River is one of the most polluted waterways in the nation, according to the American Rivers Organization, but local residents are doing their best to change that. Continue reading

On the Radio: Go green this holiday season


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Check out this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It discusses ways to cut waste during the upcoming holidays.

This Thanksgiving, go green for the environment!

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

On Thanksgiving, and through the rest of the holiday season, Americans increase their trash production. The holidays account for an additional 2 billion pounds each week in our landfills. Continue reading

On the Radio: Decorah highlights sustainable living


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Check out this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It features our latest sustainble city – Decorah.

Did you know you can make compost out of worm waste? Many residents in Decorah know it after the third annual Decorah Iowa Green Initiative. Continue reading

On the Radio: Lead shot – Better hunting at greater costs


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It discusses the use of lead shot during Iowa’s dove hunting season.

Many hunters view the use of lead shot pellets as part of tradition, but this tradition is spreading a toxic chemical throughout our environment. Continue reading

On the Radio: UI to adopt wind energy education program


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 Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It discusses a new educational oppertunity that the University of Iowa is creating to assist in wind energy development. 

With the help of a recent grant, the University of Iowa hopes to educate the next generation of wind energy experts. Continue reading

On the Radio: New Iowa City recycling center takes green construction to new levels


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Listen to our latest radio segment here.  It features the efforts of our latest sustainable community – Iowa City.  You can also read the transcript below.

With considerable attention to details including the use of waterless urinals, a new Iowa City recycling center hopes to become the city’s greenest building. Continue reading

On the Radio: Cedar Rapids exchanges costumes for a healthier environment


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses a way Cedar Rapids residents helped eliminate waste this Halloween.  You can also read the transcript below:

Halloween isn’t just a spooky time for people, it’s a spooky time for the environment too. Continue reading

On the Radio: West Nile virus continues past summer


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Check out this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below.  It reminds listeners to be wary of West Nile virus into October.

The summer is gone, but Iowans shouldn’t put away their mosquito repellant just yet. Continue reading