On the Radio: AmeriCorps work in Iowa

This week’s On the Radio segment covers the environmentally-focused work that AmeriCorp members will be doing in southeast Iowa. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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EPA Redevelopment Grants

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The Environmental Protection Agency says Oskaloosa, in southeast Iowa will get $400,000 to assess sites for the presence of hazardous waste or petroleum contamination.

The money is provided through EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup grants program.The grants are targeted toward under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to assist in the cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

Yale Project on Climate Change and Communication

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A recently released study finds that the terms “global warming” and “climate change” often mean different things to Americans—and activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, as well as different degrees of urgency about the need to respond.

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On the Radio: Iowa Flood Information System

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the Iowa Flood Information System website that offers many features to help Iowans prepare for and better understand floods. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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College students to help Iowa businesses reduce environmental impact

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources pollution prevention intern program matches upper-level college students with companies to research ways to eliminate or reduce waste – strategies that are expected to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and help conserve resources.

Follow this link to learn more about the DNR’s Pollution Prevention Services.

IIHR Director Honored for Conservation Efforts

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IIHR Director Larry Weber and his wife Miechelle recently received the Johnson County Heritage Trust Conservation Award for their conservation efforts. The Webers are working toward restoring and conserving a stretch of land that they call “Old Man’s Timber.”

Larry Weber keeps a blog updated with progress and news about his work with the timber, follow this link to find out more.


On the Radio: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

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This week’s On the Radio segment explores the findings of the IPCC’s research into climate change, and what the future holds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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What Iowans can do to prepare for climate change

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Focusing on farming, soil management, and wind energy, this piece by the Des Moines Register goes into three things that Iowans can do to better prepare for, and reduce the impact of climate change.

Mosquitoes and Climate Change

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According to Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean for global health at Des Moines University, every increase in temperature by one degree can increase the mosquito population by almost eight- to 10-fold. Continue reading

On the Radio: Nutrient Management Research

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers research happening at the University of Iowa that looks into contaminant behaviors throughout watersheds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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