Climate Crises Occur Around the World


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Josie Taylor | July 25, 2021

Climate crises around the world are occurring. Last week Zhengzhou, China experienced catastrophic floods that accumulated the amount of rain normally expected in a year, in just 72 hours. Already 63 people have been found dead, and irreversible damage has been made on buildings, roads and houses. These floods are being called by some- once-in-a-thousand-year floods. 

China is not the only place experiencing flooding. Europe is also seeing deathly flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In Germany, at least 158 people are missing, and in Belgium 18 people are missing. These floods have killed at least 205 people in Europe. 

On the other end of crises, fires are rapidly destroying areas in Oregon and Canada. Oregon’s fire, which is being referred to as the Bootleg fire, is so far the third largest fire in United States history. 67 homes have been destroyed, and 2,500 people were advised to evacuate their area. 

In Canada, even more people were evacuated and entire villages have been burned. Two weeks ago, British Columbia declared a state of emergency. The wildfire smoke become so thick that many places in Canada issued air quality warnings. Those in areas not burning were still greatly affected. 

Iowa Environmental Council’s Keynote Speaker Announced


Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust in Portland, Oregon, will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Environmental Council annual conference October 11 in Des Moines.

Joe Whitworth
Joe Whitworth

At The Freshwater Trust, Whitworth and his team focus on cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities – from working with landowners to keep more water in our streams to creating more effective processes for improving aquatic habitat using a localized approach.

Registration is open now for the Iowa Environmental Council’s Annual Conference, “At the Tipping Point: Creating Momentum for a Healthier Iowa Environment.”  Details on the event are available atwww.iaenvironment.org, or by calling 515-244-1194, extension 210.

 

Ecolotree cleans up in Oregon


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Lou Licht, a University of Iowa professor and founder of Ecolotree Inc., will be teaming up with the Port of Morrow industrial park in Boardman, Oregon to remove nitrates from the soil.

Licht’s company is based in Iowa and creates forests that are engineered to help clean landfills or chemical spill sites.  The Port of Morrow will be using Licht’s poplar trees to control the nitrogen in their East Beach Industrial Park.

To read more, check out the East Oregonian’s coverage here or read more below.  You can also listen to our radio podcast about Licht’s work here.

The Port of Morrow is embarking on an environmental project to test the effectiveness of trees for helping to remove nitrates from the soil. Continue reading