Happy Earth Day!


Photo by Cornelia Kopp; Flickr.
Photo by Cornelia Kopp; Flickr.

How are you celebrating Earth Day 2014?

Apple is flaunting a new video, “Better,” that emphasizes the company’s commitment to going green. The video introduces a new electronic recycling program, where customers can take any old Apple product to any Apple store (or send it in the mail) and the company will either give money back  to you or properly recycle the product to keep it out of landfills.

In the Des Moines Register’s Iowa View, Tom Brooks suggests making the switch to biofuels. Biofuels are renewable, sustainable, and are produced locally as well for a great way to promote Iowa jobs as well as our environment.

Or, take your plastic bags to the Iowa City Ped Mall between noon and 4 p.m. for the Reusable Bag Campaign, by the UI Environmental Coalition. Reusable bags will be handed out in exchange!

For more information on Earth Day and how you can participate, click here.

Apple orchards struggle due to drought


Photo by scottfidd, Flickr.

While much of Iowa has focus on the struggling corn crop this summer, apple orchards have had to deal with drought related issues as well.

The owner of Wilson’s Orchard in Johnson County reports people picking less than half as many apples than in past years. These low numbers are due not only to the drought, but also to this year’s spring freeze.

However, this should be a good year for pumpkins, as they haven’t shown any damage from the drought.

Read more from KCRG here.