Conservationist and author of the book “Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism,” Ozzie Zehner spoke with Iowa Public Radio yesterday about the negative effects electric cars have on the environment, highlighting that they can have an even worse impact on the environment than average cars. Continue reading
Iowa Public Radio details the efforts of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Iowa.
The CRP is a program where farmers receive money to keep portions of their land out of production. This reduces runoff, prevents erosion and creates more habitats for migrating birds.
Read about CRP and its future here.
Iowa Public Radio spoke with Senator Matt McCoy, a radon–induced lung cancer survivor and a member of the Iowa Association of School Boards about radon testing in Iowa Schools.
As detailed in our radio segment, a bill was proposed in Iowa that would require schools to test for radon ever two years. If the schools fail the test twice, they would have to install radon remediation systems.
Listen to Iowa Public Radio’s story here.
Iowa Public Radio has created a series of stories about the fracking controversy in northeast Iowa.
There’s no oil or gas fracking in Iowa. The controversy is over frack sand mining. This is finely-grained sand that’s used during the process of hydraulic fracking.
Many communities in northeast Iowa are worried about some of the consequences of the increased sand mining. These include destruction of local hills, increased truck traffic and pollution.
Check out the stories here.
Climate change could affect reproduction in some animals.
Specifically, some animals – especially reptiles – have temperature dependent sex determination. In other words, the temperature leading up to some animals’ birth will determine if the offspring is male or female. Cold weather usually leads to more males, and warm weather leads to more females.
The worry is that this could lead to the extinction of some species as the planet continues to warm.
Listen to the full story, including interviews with Iowa State University researchers, here.
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.
While the drought had many negative consequences, there were also a few benefits.
Iowa Public Radio highlighted some of these benefits in a story last week.
The drought provided near ideal conditions for Iowa’s wineries, since grapes grow better in drier conditions. It also helped Iowa’s pheasant population. Pheasants struggle to survive in cold and wet temperatures after hatching. Finally, the drought meant that there was less agricultural runoff.
Read and listen to the full story here.