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The Plight of Iowa's Pheasants

24-10-2014 (0.92 MB)

Matt O'Connor of Pheasants Forever talks about how the loss of habitat and climate change are affecting the popular game bird.

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Branching Out

24-09-2014 (1.07 MB)

Volunteers across Iowa are planting trees under a program sponsored by Alliant Energy and Trees Forever.

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An Appliance Recycling Record

18-09-2014 (0.92 MB)

Customers of Alliant Energy turn in more than 100,000 old appliances.

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Humans Are Crowding Out Wildlife

29-08-2014 (1.03 MB)

Stephanie Feldstein of the Center for Biological Diversity talks about the impact of the growing world population.

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Replacing Ash Trees

21-08-2014 (0.96 MB)

Cedar Rapids Arborist Todd Fagan says the city will diversify its canopy as ash trees come down.

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Low Lead Levels in Iowa Eagles

13-08-2014 (0.82 MB)

An ISU study looks at the lead exposure of the state's bald eagles.

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Cedar Rapids Anticipates the Emerald Ash Borer

01-08-2014 (0.79 MB)

City Arborist Todd Fagan is pretty sure the pest is already here.

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Plans for a New Nature Center Campus

25-07-2014 (1.03 MB)

The Indian Creek Nature Center is raising money for a new headquarters and expanded trails.

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New Lip Balm Container

08-07-2014 (0.9 MB)

Eco Lips develops biodegradeable paper tube.

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Large Solar Energy Project in Cedar Rapids

02-06-2014 (1.08 MB)

Solar panels are being installed at Kirkwood Court Apartments.

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Opposition to the XL Pipeline

28-05-2014 (1.02 MB)

Drake University Environmental Science Professor David Courard-Hauri explains why he thinks the pipeline should not be built.

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Green Drinks Cedar Rapids

27-05-2014 (0.46 MB)

Informal environmental group meets monthly.

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Making Wallboard Out Of Milk Cartons in Des Moines

13-05-2014 (0.92 MB)

The ReWall Company is recycling beverage containers into building materials.

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Iowa's Endangered Butterflies

09-05-2014 (1.12 MB)

More than a quarter of Iowa butterfly species are endangered, threatened or a species of concern. Restoring prairies could help preserve them.

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A New Energy Crop for Iowa

06-05-2014 (0.94 MB)

Miscanthus...a relative of sugar cane...will be combined with coal at the University of Iowa power plant.

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A Bad Winter for Fish Kill in Iowa

05-05-2014 (0.91 MB)

Heavy snow and thick ice led to a lack of oxygen in lakes and ponds.

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Fish and Produce Under One Roof

25-04-2014 (0.98 MB)

An Iowa company is growing tilapia and lettuce, herbs and kale in a process called aquaponics.

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Fire Station Recognized as Green Building

19-03-2014 (0.93 MB)

The new Cedar Rapids central fire station has been awaded the top LEED certification.

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C.R. Greenways

17-03-2014 (0.82 MB)

The city of Cedar Rapids is making plans to convert some areas devastated by the 2008 flood into greenways along the Cedar River.

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UIHC Cafeterias Cut Down on Wasted Food

07-03-2014 (0.9 MB)

Food waste reduced by 40% in 2013.

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A Food Forest in Iowa City

07-03-2014 (1.03 MB)

Area in Wetherby Park will include food often found in the wild.

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Options for Recycling Glass

12-02-2014 (1.04 MB)

Coralville has stopped accepting and collecting glass...but City Carton provides residents with a drop-off site at 3 East Benton Street in Iowa City.

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Iowa's Potential for Sun Power

05-02-2014 (0.96 MB)

A study finds Iowa in the top third of states for solar power potential.

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New Fridge Insulation Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

29-01-2014 (0.77 MB)

Whirlpool's Amana plant adopts new technology developed by Honeywell.

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New Recycling Center for Linn County

15-01-2014 (0.83 MB)

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency has opened its new Resrouce Recovery Building.

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Iowa Avoids Chronic Wasting Disease So Far

06-01-2014 (0.91 MB)

The fatal disease has not yet been detected in the state's wild deer herd.

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Breathing Easier

31-12-2013 (0.99 MB)

Air pollution levels in Linn County are improving, according to County Air Pollution Control Officer James Hodina.

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Green Architecture

09-12-2013 (1.1 MB)

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the city's new central fire station are both examples of sustainable architecture.

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Women and the Environment

04-12-2013 (0.89 MB)

Author Alan Wsays women hold the key to preventing environmental destruction caused by overpopulation.

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Wind Energy Cuts Air and Water Pollution

26-11-2013 (1.11 MB)

A report by Environment Iowa says the state's wind energy industry is cutting carbon pollution and uses less water than other forms of energy production.

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Vegetation Between Farm Fields and Waterways

18-11-2013 (1.05 MB)

Shannon Ramsay of Trees Forever askes whether the state of Iowa should require buffer strips.

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Trash to Power

13-11-2013 (0.92 MB)

A system that captures methane at the landfill north of Marion and turns it into electricity is more productive than anticipated.

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Efforts to Protect Iowa Soil Increase

11-11-2013 (1.03 MB)

Iowa State Soil Conservationist Rick Bednarek talks about an increase in cover crops to prevent nutrient depletion and erosion.

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Iowa Climate Statement 2013

22-10-2013 (1.12 MB)

More than 150 Iowa scientists say global warming is having a negative impact on Iowa's climate.

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The Iowa Sustainability Village

18-10-2013 (0.99 MB)

Kirkwood Community College students are constructing three buildings to study how well eco-friendly practices work.

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Energy Efficient New Fire Station

11-10-2013 (0.89 MB)

The new Cedar Rapids central fire station has applied for the top LEED certification.

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Another Clothing Recycling Option

03-10-2013 (1.01 MB)

Goodwill and City Carton are now offering collection containers for clothing and shoes at City Carton's Cedar Rapids and Iowa City locations.

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Mushroom Packaging

11-09-2013 (1.09 MB)

A company called Ecovative plans to produce a biodegradable packaging material similar to Styrofoam in Cedar Rapids.

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Is Fracking a False Promise?

09-09-2013 (1.17 MB)

Author Richard Heinberg says predictions of 100 years of cheap natural gas might be exaggerated.

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Gloomy Pheasant Numbers in Iowa

06-09-2013 (0.99 MB)

Matt O'Connor of Pheasants Forever says climate change is threatening pheasants.

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New Library About As Green As It Gets

30-08-2013 (1.02 MB)

Architect Bruce Hamous and Library Public Information Officer Amber Musseman talk about the green aspects of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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Turning Old Shingles Into New Roads

14-08-2013 (0.85 MB)

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency has begun grinding up old shingles and L.L. Pelling Co. uses the asphalt on streets and roads.

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When It Comes to Wind Energy Production, Iowa is Tops in the Nation

08-08-2013 (1.03 MB)

The state gets more than 20% of its electrical needs from wind. Comments from Harold Prior of the Iowa Windy Energy Association.

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Iowa's Forested Land is Shrinking

06-08-2013 (1.07 MB)

Shannon Ramsay of Trees Forever talks about the environemtnal implications of the loss of trees in the state.

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02-08-2013 (0.95 MB)

The 27-state

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Learn to Cook without the Waste

26-07-2013 (0.98 MB)

Chef Mary Rolph Lamontagne has written a cook book -- EATS: Enjoy All the Seconds -- with creative recipes for leftovers.

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The Looming Water Crisis

12-07-2013 (1.03 MB)

Journalist Barry Yeoman reports in the Saturday Evening Post about the effects of climate change on our water situation.

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Iowa Is Losing Wooded Acres

10-07-2013 (0.78 MB)

The state's woodlands have declined by 40,000 acres. Comments by State Forester Paul Tauke.

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New Life for Old Bottles and Jars

09-07-2013 (0.89 MB)

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency handles between 45 and 50 tons of glass every month.

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A Goose Deportation

03-07-2013 (1.16 MB)

Geese that become a nuisance in city parks are rounded up and sent to wildlife areas in other parts of the state.

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Green Drinks

01-07-2013 (0.94 MB)

Ana Escalante helped organize Green Drinks Cedar Rapids, an informal group of environmentally minded people meets monthly in New Bo.

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Green Cleaning

02-05-2013 (1.06 MB)

Sandy Rosenberger of Hearthstone Gifts and Supply has tips for using non-toxic household items for cleaning.

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Recycling Picks Up

02-05-2013 (0.91 MB)

Jason Evans of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Energy says trash going into the landfill is down this year.

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The Kernels Up Their Recycling Efforts

15-04-2013 (0.9 MB)

Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Doug Nelson talks about the team's expanded green efforts for the 2013 season.

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Reducing Food Waste at UIHC

04-04-2013 (0.96 MB)

The cafeterias at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have taken steps to reduce the amount of food they discard.

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Discarded Food and Landfills

01-04-2013 (0.94 MB)

Food makes up 14% of the waste going into Iowa landfills but very little of it is composted.

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Life on the Brink

21-03-2013 (1.11 MB)

Author Philip Cafaro talks about the problems posed by overpopulation.

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Iowa Surpasses Wind Energy Goal

14-03-2013 (1.11 MB)

Harold Prior of the Iowa Wind Energy Association says the state has proven that the wind is a reliable source of energy.

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Branstad's Proposal to Reduce Nutrient Runoff

29-01-2013 (1.2 MB)

Critics say Gov. Terry Branstad's plan to help reduce the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico doesn't go far enough.

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Lack of Farm Bill and the Environment

14-12-2012 (1.03 MB)

Craig Lang of the Priairie Strategy Group says loss of subsidies could lead to more erosion and pollution.

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Greenhouse Gases at a Record High

26-11-2012 (1.18 MB)

The World Meteorological Organization says concentrations of carbon dioxide reached a record level last year.

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The Drought Was No Surprise

21-11-2012 (0.68 MB)

Scientists who study climate change in Iowa says drought is something we might have expected.

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Silence from the Candidates re: Climate Change

10-10-2012 (1.02 MB)

The nation's leading environmental organizations see Iowa as a battleground state on climate change in the presidential election.

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The University of Iowa Wants to Crack the Top 25

07-09-2012 (0.91 MB)

Solar panels on the new football practice facility would move the school up in the rankings for solar generation.

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Engaging Children In Saving the Planet

24-08-2012 (1 MB)

Lisa Bennett of the Center for Ecoliteracy talks about the book she co-authored,

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Wind Energy Production Surges in Iowa

15-08-2012 (1.01 MB)

Energy Department report says Iowa is one of the fastest growing wind markets in the U.S.

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What's with all the Heat?

26-07-2012 (0.96 MB)

Jeff Masters of Weather Underground talks about the hot summer and the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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The Greening of Kirkwood

23-07-2012 (1.08 MB)

Kirkwood Community College is recognized for its

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Ocean Acidification

12-07-2012 (1.07 MB)

The Environmental Magazine Editor Brita Belli talks about the cover story in the magazine's May/June edition.

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Doctors Urged to Talk to their Patients about Radon

29-06-2012 (0.9 MB)

The University of Iowa has released a video to educate physicians about the dangers of radon.

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Wind Energy Picks Up Strength

18-04-2012 (1 MB)

Iowa ranked Number-Two in 2011 in the percentage of total electricity generated by the wind.

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Kernels Adopt Green Program at Ballpark

16-04-2012 (0.91 MB)

Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Doug Nelson talks about the team's new food composting effort.

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Do You Know How Much Garbage You Produce?

30-03-2012 (0.96 MB)

Americans generate about 7 lbs of trash per capita every day.

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Kirkwood Wind Turbine Operational

28-02-2012 (0.87 MB)

Kirkwood Community College is generating wind power with a turbine on campu. Comments from Harold Prior of the Iowa Wind Energy Association.

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A Transparency Web Site for Builders

16-12-2011 (0.73 MB)

The design firm Perkins-Will has launched a free web site that provides information about harmful substances in building materials.

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Green Meetings

02-12-2011 (0.71 MB)

The Iowa Recycling Association has launched a campaign to make business meeting more environmentally friendly.

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A Myth About Renewable Energy

22-11-2011 (0.85 MB)

A new report concludes that switching to safe, renewable energy would not be as expensive as commonly thought.

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The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

18-11-2011 (0.84 MB)

J. Morris Hicks -- author of "Healthy Eating, Healthy World" -- is an advocate of a plant-based diet.

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Support for Renewable Energy

07-11-2011 (0.89 MB)

A new ORC International poll finds more support for federal subsidies for renwable energy rather than fossil fuels, despite what's happening in Washington.

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Farmers' Views on Climate Change

04-11-2011 (0.81 MB)

Results of Iowa State University Extension Farm and Rural Life Poll.

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Renewable Energy -- Facts and Fantasies

02-11-2011 (1.17 MB)

Craig Sheilds of 2GreenEnergy has written a book about renewable energy and our hunger for fossil fuels.

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A Warning About Global Warming

27-10-2011 (0.72 MB)

Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation says global warming is one of the greatest threats to the environment.

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Energy and National Security

20-10-2011 (0.69 MB)

A national security expert says our dependence on fossil fuels is a threat to national security and what role Iowa could play in overcoming that threat.

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The Downsides of Waste-to-Energy Incinerators

18-10-2011 (0.85 MB)

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project raises concerns about the amount of energy produced and the types of pollution emitted by the incinerators.

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Iowa City Goes Even Greener

10-08-2011 (0.9 MB)

East Side Recycling Center adds green roof to go with other green pracitces. Comments by Iowa City Environmental Coordinator Brenda Nations.

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Delays on Blairs Ferry Reduced

28-07-2011 (0.93 MB)

Smoother traffic flow on the busy street means energy savings and less pollution. Comments from Cedar Rapids Associate Traffic Engineer Leslie Hart.

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Iowa Cracks the Top-20

21-07-2011 (0.97 MB)

John Walke of the Natural Resources Defense Council talks about Iowa joining a list with the most toxic air pollution from power plant.

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Iowans Continue to Back Wind Energy

21-07-2011 (1.11 MB)

Harold Prior of the Iowa Wind Energy Assn. talks about the results of a poll on Iowans' impression of wind energy.

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Floods and Climate Change

24-06-2011 (0.83 MB)

Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says higher temperatures are increasing the frequency and instensity of heavy rains in the central U.S.

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Does Nuclear Power Have a Future?

12-05-2011 (0.86 MB)

Ben Schreiber of Friends of the Earth says Iowans surveyed would rather invest in renewable energy.

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The Story of Stuff

28-04-2011 (0.89 MB)

Sustainability expert Annie Leonard talks about the effects of over-consumption.

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Erosion Threatens Iowa Agriculture

18-04-2011 (1.13 MB)

A report finds parts of Iowa losing soil at 10 times the rate considered sustainable. Comments by Craig Cox of the Environmental Working Group.

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The Quest for More Biofuels.

30-03-2011 (0.95 MB)

USDA is looking for ways to expand the biofuels industry. Comments from USDA State Director of Rural Development Bill Menner.

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A Different Kind of Green House

29-03-2011 (0.92 MB)

Margaret Hyde, author of the Mo's Nose books, transforms a 1915 Craftsman home into a LEED remodel.

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The Benefits of Solar

10-03-2011 (1.02 MB)

The Iowa Policy Project wants to increase solar energy in the state by 300 megwatts over five years.

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Going Child Free

18-02-2011 (0.97 MB)

More American women are not having children...and that can benefit the environment. Comments from Lisa Hymas of grist.org.

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Harnessing the Wind at Kirkwood

10-02-2011 (0.86 MB)

Wind turbine on campus should be operational by March 2012.

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Mercury Rising

28-01-2011 (0.95 MB)

An Iowa environmental group calls for tougher regulations for power plant emissions.

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Too Much Corn and Soybeans

27-01-2011 (1.02 MB)

Scientists say row crops have reduced the state's absorbent prairie grasses, wetland and forests -- increasing the likelihood of flooding.

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Dirty Water in Iowa

20-01-2011 (0.99 MB)

The State DNR says Iowa had more polluted waterways in 2010 than in any other year since the state started keeping records.

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Humanity on a Tightrope

07-01-2011 (0.86 MB)

Population expert Paul Ehrlich says humans need more empathy to tackle our environmental problems.

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Climate Change in Iowa

06-01-2011 (1.18 MB)

A new report finds that climate change is affecting the way Iowans live and work. Comments from University of Iowa Engineering Prof Jerry Schnoor.

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Eagles Are Soaring In Iowa

20-12-2010 (1.04 MB)

The Iowa DNR says bald eagle numbers in the state continue to recover.

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Less Coal, More Renewables

17-12-2010 (0.97 MB)

Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility releases a report on the correlation between coal and public health. Comments from Dr. Maureen McCue.

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The Changing Climate in Iowa

11-11-2010 (1.08 MB)

Researchers at the state universities raise concerns about climate change in Iowa. Comments from State Senator Robb Hogg.

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Wind Energy Loses Some of its Gusto

03-11-2010 (1.01 MB)

Wind energy development in the U.S. is down 72% from a year ago. Denise Bode of the American Wind Energy Assn. comments.

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Water Tower Place Green Roof

20-10-2010 (3.74 MB)

Landscape architect and Water Tower Place resident Ruth Fox talks about the first green roof in Cedar Rapids.

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Cedar Rapids' First Green Roof

20-10-2010 (1.02 MB)

The first vegetated green roof tops the Water Tower Place condos. Hear the entire interview with resident Ruth Fox below.

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Promoting Shipping by Rail

01-10-2010 (1.04 MB)

An Iowa coalition is pushing for a tax credit to build new freight rail lines to reduce pollution.

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Green Farmsteads

29-09-2010 (1.1 MB)

Program helps farmers plant vegetation to help reduce odor and save energy.

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Recycling Picks Up at UNI

20-08-2010 (0.94 MB)

In-room recycling is available at all residence halls and university-owned apartments at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Too Many People

05-08-2010 (0.38 MB)

U.N. organization fights spiraling population growth through soap operas.

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A Cleaner Source of Locomotion

23-07-2010 (0.47 MB)

The Iowa Northern Railway replaces two diesel engines with more environmentally friendly railroad slugs.

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Farmers Are Making Progress

18-06-2010 (1 MB)

Ag Sec Tom Vilsack comments on a study that praises farmers in the Upper Mississippi Basin for their efforts reducing runoff.

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Raptors Continue to Come Back in Iowa

08-06-2010 (0.89 MB)

Twenty years ago, peregrine falcons had nearly disappeared in Iowa. The DNR's Pat Slarbom says today there are 15 falcon mates in the state.

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The Cedar in Peril

04-06-2010 (0.88 MB)

The Cedar River is Number-5 on the 2010 list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

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Rain Barrels Prove Popular

04-06-2010 (0.93 MB)

Jan Aiels at the Indian Creek Nature Center says sales have taken off. She says rain barrels held reduce runoff and the risk of flooding.

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Special Places Are At Risk

28-05-2010 (0.99 MB)

A report from the NRDC says parks and wildlife refuges are most threatened by the Gulf Oil Spill. Comments from University of West Florida environmental instructor Enid Sisskin.

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What We Don't Know Could Hurt Us

27-05-2010 (0.96 MB)

Many chemicals we come into contact on a daily basis have never been tested for safety. Dr. Paul Blanc, author of

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Life In the Hothouse

19-05-2010 (0.93 MB)

Author Melanie Lenart talks about her book, "Life In the Hothouse, How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change", and what humans can do to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Kirkwood's Teaching Hotel Has a Green Plan

06-05-2010 (1.14 MB)

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center includes many energy efficient systems.

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Blowin' In The Wind

05-05-2010 (1.03 MB)

Iowa now gets 14% of its electricity from the wind...more than any other state.

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First Lead, Now Manganese?

20-04-2010 (0.89 MB)

Paul Blanc, author of "How Everyday Products Make People Sick", is concerned that manganese will replace lead as an octane enhancer in gasoline.

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Eco-friendly play equipment

08-03-2010 (0.93 MB)

Barbara Butler (barbarabutler.com) designs all-natural play structures for kids.

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Keeping Iowa's Water Clean

17-12-2009 (0.47 MB)

The state's Environmental Protection Commission approves rule changes to keep pollution out of rivers and streams designated as high-quality water.

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LEED Certifications in Iowa Double

04-12-2009 (0.99 MB)

Thrity-three projects in Iowa are certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Kevin Nordmeyer of the Iowa Energy Center comments.

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More rain, more floods.

27-11-2009 (1.11 MB)

A report by the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council suggests that more rain in coming decades...caused by global warming...will result in more flooding in the state.

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Coal's Assault on Human Health

19-11-2009 (0.97 MB)

A report from Physicians for Social Responsibility says the burning of coal contributes to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S.

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Lead Poisoning in Iowa Children Is Increasing

17-11-2009 (1.02 MB)

Rita Gergely of the Iowa Dept. of Public Health says lead paint poisoning rates in Iowa 6-year-olds is four times the national average.

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A Green Author

11-11-2009 (0.82 MB)

Margaret Hyde, author of children's books, has her books published in the U.S. with soy ink and recycled paper to make them eco-friendly. More information is available at www.mosnose.com.

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Birds Shift to the North

11-02-2009 (1.05 MB)

Some bird species are wintering father north and global warming is the suspected cause.

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Optimism About the Future

06-02-2009 (0.49 MB)

The Environmental Law and Policy Center of Iowa likes what it sees of the Obama administration's green initiatives.

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BEEP Awards Grants

05-02-2009 (0.56 MB)

Bus Emissions Education Program will allow school districts to replace dirty diesel buses.

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What to do with those old cellphones

29-01-2009 (0.41 MB)

Cellphones contain toxic materials. Recycling centers can be found at www.call2recycle.org.

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Is the U.S. falling behind in the green tech revolution?

28-01-2009 (0.48 MB)

Author Ron Pernick says there's too much talk and not enough action in Washington as the Gulf oil states invest in green technologies.

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Iowa's Climate Change Report

07-01-2009 (0.54 MB)

The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council outlines 56 ways to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Iowa State University Solar Decathlon Team

29-10-2008 (5.1 MB)

A team from ISU is working on the design of a home to compete in the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. Team members Eric Berkson, Tim Lentz, Keihly Moore and Chelsey Olsen talk about the challenges of design, logistics and fundraising.

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Duration: 11:09 m - Filetype: mp3 (64 kbps 44100 Hz)





Show What's Inside

23-10-2008 (0.48 MB)

Two groups launch a campaign seeking legislation mandating full ingredient dislcosure for household and consumer products

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Setting the Energy Agenda

26-09-2008 (0.47 MB)

Survey finds support for president and Congress to focus on renewable energy

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Turning Plants Into Chemicals

11-09-2008 (1.08 MB)

Iowa State University receives grant for new bio-renewables center

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Don't Be Fuelish

19-05-2008 (0.96 MB)

Survey finds gas prices top the list of Americans' economic worries. There are simple things that can be done to improve mileage.

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The Coalition for the Global Commons (www.global-commons.org)

03-04-2008 (0.45 MB)

Biologist Mary Beth Steisslinger talks about an effort to produce a global environmental action plan.

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Diesel cars try for a comeback in the U.S.

25-03-2008 (0.95 MB)

Mercedes and Volkswagen show off diesel cars at the New York Intl Auto Show

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Dumping Old TVs

04-03-2008 (1.1 MB)

The end of analog television signals next year won't make analog sets obsolete but could lead to the replacement of many old TVS that contain toxic materials.

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Disposing of CFLs

28-02-2008 (0.94 MB)

Those compact fluorescent light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury

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Putting CO2 to Work

07-12-2007 (0.97 MB)

Carbon sequestration captures emissions from power plants and stores the carbon dioxide underground. There it can be used to recover oil reserves from depleted fields.

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Duration: 1:03 m - Filetype: mp3 (128 kbps 44100 Hz)





Educating youth about the environment

08-11-2007 (0.92 MB)

Author Brooke Becker writes a book for pre-teens about how humans impact the environment

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