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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.
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.
The new farm bill extension that went into place on January 1st could limit the amount of organic agriculture.
This new legislation cuts most funding for organic agriculture programs. This includes a program that reimburses much of the cost of organic certification.
For many farmers, this means that they will not pay the $800 it costs annually for organic certification.
Listen to the whole story here.
Iowa’s drought isn’t a thing of the past.
Iowa’s soil is still drier than normal in most of the state. It’s expected that soil will still be unusually dry in Iowa at the start of May.
Listen to the full report from Iowa Public Radio here.