Construction begins on Wever fertilizer plant


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The Iowa Fertilizer Company’s plant in Wever, Iowa will be one of the top fertilizer plants in the world. According to Dave Pearson, a director for Orascom Construction Inc., the plant will have the ability of producing 7 million tons of nitrogen-based fertilizer.  Continue reading

On the Radio: Warmer temperatures linked to increased rainfall


Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.
Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the connection between warmer temperatures and increased rainfall.

A University of Iowa study shows an increase in heavy rainfall is connected to increased temperatures in the upper Midwest.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Heat wave sweeps across the Midwest


It’s hot out there, folks.  And temperatures are hitting remarkable levels all over Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. 

Check out this coverage from Weather Underground and a map of Thursday’s heat forecast below.

Map courtesy of Weather Underground

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On the Radio: Runoff contributes to largest dead zone in history


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 Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the impact that Miswestern runoff has on the Gulf of Mexico.

Imagine an area of the ocean equal to 20 percent of Iowa that’s unlivable for most marine life. This will soon be a reality in the Gulf of Mexico as they prepare for the largest dead zone in history. Continue reading

On the Radio: Smog creates health risks for Iowans


Smog over Chicago. Photo by Chronographia von Strangehours, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the negative impact that smog has on Iowa and the rest of the Midwest.

Emphysema, bronchitis and asthma – those are just a few conditions that can be caused or worsened by smog, a form of pollution we usually associate with coastal states.

But there’s plenty of smog here in Iowa – enough to damage our health. Continue reading