Home wind turbine use on the rise

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Residential wind turbine sales are on the rise and don’t show any signs of slowing down.

USA Today reports:

A growing number of people are investing in small electricity generating wind turbines for residential use, despite the bad economy, and backers of wind power say they expect advances in technology and manufacturing to make them even more popular. Continue reading

New green restaurant in Des Moines

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Des Moines’ Big City Burgers and Greens aims to become the greenest restaurant in Iowa. The restaurant’s owner, Jeff Duncan, made it his mission to create a 100% compostable establishment. Every little detail, including compostable garbage bags, has an environmental tilt to it. Radio Iowa reports that Duncan isn’t satisfied, and thinks the restaurant could become more environmentally friendly in the future: Continue reading

Debate over lead shot goes national

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Iowa’s debate over the use of lead ammunition for dove-hunting is now receiving national attention. Major publications including USA Today picked up the story that puts environmentalist and many hunters on opposing sides.

Environmentalist worry that fragments of the toxic lead shots, which closely resemble seeds, will be eaten by animals and ultimately cause their death. An editorial in the Des Moines Register even suggests that the levels of lead deposited during the hunting season could cause health effects in humans.

On the other side, many hunters value lead shots over the non-toxic steel alternative because they’re cheaper and some find them more effective.

The decision to allow lead shot, like the decision to allow dove hunting in general, may be influenced by the economic boost provided by hunters. It’s estimated that Iowa dove hunters will contribute nearly $7 million this year.

Anti-climate change report said to have been plagiarized

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A 2006 report that was used to question the validity of climate change research likely breeched basic scholarly ethics.

From the USA Today:

An influential 2006 congressional report that raised questions about the validity of global warming research was partly based on material copied from textbooks, Wikipedia and the writings of one of the scientists criticized in the report, plagiarism experts say.


Review of the 91-page report by three experts contacted by USA TODAY found repeated instances of passages lifted word for word and what appear to be thinly disguised paraphrases….