environment http://iowapublicradio.org en Invisible Air: Regulating Iowa's Air Quality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/invisible-air-regulating-iowas-air-quality <p>The EPA sets regulations for 6 sources of air pollution, but there are hundreds of pollutants known to the EPA that go unregulated.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:15:01 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Clare Roth 44071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Invisible Air: Regulating Iowa's Air Quality Urban Iowa: "Once you put asphalt over the top of it, there's no reclaiming it" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/urban-iowa-once-you-put-asphalt-over-top-it-theres-no-reclaiming-it <p>Today we continue our summer series on the environment by taking a look at urban development – what we’re doing right and wrong.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:22:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43711 at http://iowapublicradio.org Urban Iowa: "Once you put asphalt over the top of it, there's no reclaiming it" News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-decorah-eagle-electrocuted <p>A beloved Iowa eagle was found dead earlier this week. Indy, as his fans called him, a young male eaglet whose hatching was witnessed by thousands online earlier this spring was electrocuted by a power pole on Tuesday. The bird had a large following in the state and across the country; more than 500 people have posted condolences on the Raptor Resource Project’s Facebook page. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with their executive director, Bob Anderson, about what happened to the bird and what can be done to protect these eagles in the future.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:57:16 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43614 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Decorah Eagle Electrocuted Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garbage-meets-its-potential-thousands-plastic-bags-become-park-bench <p>Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling in Iowa.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 43344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recycling-101-are-you-doing-it-right <p>Recycling can be a tricky process - whether you leave materials curbside or deposit them at a drop-site, it's often hard to know exactly what can or can't be recycled.</p><p>On this <em>Talk of Iowa</em> "short," Joe Hummel of City Carton and Theresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association share how recycling really works, answer common questions, and alleviate recycling myths.</p><p></p><p><strong>DO</strong> <strong>- </strong></p><p><em><strong>Clean out your glass and plastic bottles as much as you can.</strong></em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury 43357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? Nine Counties See Shipments of Bakken Crude http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nine-counties-see-shipments-bakken-crude <p>Officials with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency &nbsp;released to the general public the routes rail lines take to haul crude oil through the state from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The rail lines are complying with a new federal mandate to report shipments of more than a million gallons. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:57:11 +0000 Joyce Russell 43356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nine Counties See Shipments of Bakken Crude Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-are-coal-plants-blame <p>For decades, U.S. climate change policy has amounted to, "Do as I say, not as I do." However, this week President Obama announced its boldest step yet to reduce carbon emissions. The President wants to reduce carbon emission from power plants by 30% by the year 2030.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, what these guidelines mean for Iowa.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:22:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41778 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns: Are Coal Plants to Blame? The Nature of Childhood http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nature-childhood <p>Despite news reports that highlight danger, the world is actually a much safer place for children than it once was.&nbsp; Accidental death rates for children were much higher in the early 19th and 20th centuries.&nbsp; And yet, children who were once encouraged to go outside and play, are now highly supervised in organized sports and spend more time watching television than playing outdoors.&nbsp; On this Earth Day, Host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg about her new book <em>The Nature of Childhood: An Enivornmental History of Growing Up in America since 1865."&nbsp Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:40:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 39510 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Nature of Childhood Tax Hike for Environment Advances http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tax-hike-environment-advances <p>Democrats in the Iowa Senate &nbsp;got the ball rolling on a bill that’s a dream come true for&nbsp; environmentalists&nbsp; and natural resource advocates.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill raises the state&nbsp; sales tax for a natural resources trust fund that voters approved by constitutional amendment two years ago. &nbsp;Backers added a tax <u>cut</u>​&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the bill to soften the blow. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:23:15 +0000 Joyce Russell 39200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tax Hike for Environment Advances God and the Environment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/god-and-environment <p>Increasingly, efforts in environmental preservation are coming from churches. &nbsp;Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk with Sister&nbsp;Mary Beth Ingham, professor emerita at Loyola Marymount University. &nbsp;They cover what the Franciscan tradition is in viewing nature and our role in keeping it healthy. &nbsp;Also, hear about what some churches in Iowa are doing to keep green.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:17:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38749 at http://iowapublicradio.org God and the Environment Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jane-goodall-her-life-work-and-legacy <p></p><p></p><p>Jane Goodall is famous for her groundbreaking observation of wild chimpanzees; but for the last 30 years, she’s devoted most of her time to traveling the world, telling her stories, and trying to fan the flames of an environmental movement that could save her beloved chimpanzees and so many other species from extinction.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:54:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37167 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-frack-sand-be-studied-ui-team-0 <p></p><p>Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.</p><p>The rise in hydraulic fracturing in the US and Canada has created demand for silica sand, used in the fracking process. There’s currently just <a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/">one major frack sand mine </a>in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team Urban Wetlands Play a Part in Improving Iowa Water Quality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/urban-wetlands-play-part-improving-iowa-water-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa homeowners and municipalities can use urban wetlands to capture nutrients that pollute state waterways and improve water quality. <a href="http://www.iowapolicyproject.org/2013Research/131030-Wetlands.pdf">That’s according to a new report out Wednesday. </a>But researchers say it would only be a small part of improving the state’s water quality.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Clay Masters 31370 at http://iowapublicradio.org Urban Wetlands Play a Part in Improving Iowa Water Quality Sioux City May End Glass Recycling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sioux-city-may-end-glass-recycling <p></p><p></p><p>Sioux City’s garbage contractor is asking the City Council to discontinue collecting glass for recycling.</p><p>The City Council will vote next week on the request to exclude glass from the city’s curbside pickup of recyclable materials.</p><p>Glass is easy to recycle, but expensive to haul to a recycling center - and inexpensive to make new.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:02:26 +0000 Dean Borg 28435 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sioux City May End Glass Recycling Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa] http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regulating-iowas-water-quality-talk-iowa <p>The Gulf of Mexico is the largest hypoxic zone currently affecting the United States. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a discussion on water quality in Iowa and the connection our state has with the Gulf. We take a look at Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy as a conservation plan.</p><p>Today's guests include: Iowa Public Radio reporter Clay Masters, Bill Stowe, the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, and John Lawrence, the Associate Dean in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:19:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 28200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regulating Iowa's Water Quality [Talk of Iowa] Going Going Gone http://iowapublicradio.org/post/going-going-gone <p>A new report out Tuesday shows millions of wetland acres&nbsp;and highly erodible grassland and prairie are being plowed under and planted into row crops. This in turn causes intense soil erosion especially in a wet spring like this year. The four year, multi state study was conducted by Environmental Working Group. <a href="http://www.ewg.org/research/going-going-gone">http://www.ewg.org/research/going-going-gone</a>. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Pat Blank 26645 at http://iowapublicradio.org Going Going Gone The Geese of Cedar Rapids: A Love Story http://iowapublicradio.org/post/geese-cedar-rapids-love-story <p>In Cedar Rapids, Canada geese are a constant sight in parks, rivers, and pretty much everywhere else. For years the city has tried to control the waterfowl, most recently by implementing a no-feeding ordinance in public parks. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports from the front lines.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 23147 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Geese of Cedar Rapids: A Love Story Livestock Inspections and Teen Driving http://iowapublicradio.org/post/livestock-inspections-and-teen-driving <p> Under an agreement with the EPA, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have to inspect 1,600 livestock facilities each year, for the next five years.&nbsp; Debate at the Iowa Statehouse is centering around how many inspectors are needed to do the job.&nbsp; Then, <span class="userContent">Iowa was one of the first states to approve a graduated driver's license system for teens. Since then, the state has dropped to 49th</span><span class="userContent"> in rankings of teen driving safety.&nbsp; A new Iowa law puts more restrictions on the youngest and most inexperienced drivers. Mon, 06 May 2013 19:17:44 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Clay Masters 20325 at http://iowapublicradio.org Livestock Inspections and Teen Driving The Story of Nahant Marsh http://iowapublicradio.org/post/story-nahant-marsh <p></p><p>In 1998 the Environmental Protection Agency declared Nahant Marsh near Davenport a Superfund site. Fifteen years later the marsh is a beautiful, thriving wetland that attracts wildlife and visitors.&nbsp; Charity Nebbe, talks with guests about the history and resurrection of Nahant Marsh and the challenges facing wetlands across the state of Iowa.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:06:44 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18390 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Story of Nahant Marsh Some Northeast Iowans Fear Expanded "Frac" Sand Mining http://iowapublicradio.org/post/some-northeast-iowans-fear-expanded-frac-sand-mining-0 <p>Northeast Iowa is known for the big, scenic hills that dot the Mississippi River Valley and beyond.&nbsp; Many of those hills contain sandstone. They can be used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.</p><p>But some residents are concerned that more sand mining would harm the area’s environment.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon looks at the current state of “frac” sand mining in Iowa…and the potential for more.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:39:30 +0000 Sarah McCammon 17200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Some Northeast Iowans Fear Expanded "Frac" Sand Mining Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining http://iowapublicradio.org/post/economic-opportunites-and-environmental-concerns-set-debate-over-frac-sand-mining <p>You’ve probably heard about controversies over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing – the technique known as “fracking.” There’s no oil or gas fracking in Iowa…but the increasing use of the technique is affecting the state. It’s creating a market for finely-grained silica sand from northeast Iowa.</p><p>And some residents of the area are in conflict over the future of frac sand mining.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:24:45 +0000 Sarah McCammon 17137 at http://iowapublicradio.org Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining Frack Sand Mining Stirs Up Controversy in Northeast Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/frack-sand-mining-stirs-controversy-northeast-iowa <p></p><p>Controversy over so-called “frack” sand mining is heating up in northeast Iowa. A community meeting Wednesday evening in Decorah will focus on concerns about the possibility of mining development in Winneshiek County.</p><p>Fine sand can be used in the hydraulic fracturing process known as “fracking.” The technique is used to remove natural gas and oil from deep underground. There’s not any oil or gas fracking in Iowa right now – but there is a<a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/"> sand mine </a>in northeast Iowa’s Clayton County, which is shipping frack sand out of state.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:57 +0000 Sarah McCammon 15674 at http://iowapublicradio.org Frack Sand Mining Stirs Up Controversy in Northeast Iowa Des Moines street chosen for EPA partnership http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-street-chosen-epa-partnership <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has picked five cities each year for its <a href="http://www.epa.gov/dced/greencapitals.htm">Greening America's Capitals</a> project. On this year’s list? Des Moines.</p><p>The project will focus on revitalizing the 6<sup>th</sup> Avenue Corridor in downtown Des Moines.&nbsp; The idea is to make the corridor friendlier to pedestrians, with wider sidewalks, improved lightning and larger bus stop shelters.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:16:06 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 11855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines street chosen for EPA partnership More Money for Livestock Inspectors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-money-livestock-inspectors <p>The head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources &nbsp;asked the governor and his budget advisors for &nbsp;more than a million dollars to hire new inspectors for the state’s livestock facilities.&nbsp; But that&nbsp; may not be enough to prevent the federal Environmental Protection agency&nbsp;</p><p>from taking over enforcement of clean water standards.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:31:45 +0000 Joyce Russell 11362 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Money for Livestock Inspectors Branstad Unveils Water Pollution Strategy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-unveils-water-pollution-strategy <p></p><p><a href="http://www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu/">&nbsp; A strategy on how Iowa will cut back farm and sewage treatment</a> pollution released today by Governor Branstad’s office is being criticized for being too friendly to farmers. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, its intent is to shrink a dead zone in the nation’s top commercial fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:32:02 +0000 Clay Masters 10990 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad Unveils Water Pollution Strategy Iowa Young Birders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-young-birders <p>Iowa Young Birders is a new program to get kids outside and develop their interest in birds.&nbsp; Executive director Carl Bendorf says the nonprofit is a first of its kind in the state.</p><p>www.iowayoungbirders.org</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:07:14 +0000 Julie Englander 6928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Young Birders ISU Climate Change Expert Briefing USDA on Implications for Agriculture http://iowapublicradio.org/post/isu-climate-change-expert-briefing-usda-implications-agriculture <p>Farmers are already making changes to adjust to global warming. A researcher from Iowa State University meets with agriculture officials, including USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in Washington, D.C. Thursday.&nbsp; ISU Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle is briefing Vilsack and other officials on how to prepare and plan for global warming.&nbsp; He says climate change actually has some benefits for farmers, at least in the short-term. But he the greatest risk for the industry is unpredictability and wild fluctuations in weather patterns. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:15:28 +0000 Sarah McCammon 2821 at http://iowapublicradio.org ISU Climate Change Expert Briefing USDA on Implications for Agriculture Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-valentines-edition <p>Spring may be the time when a young man&rsquo;s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It&#39;s Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we&rsquo;ll celebrate Valentine&rsquo;s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 94 at http://iowapublicradio.org Norman Borlaug "Our Daily Bread" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/norman-borlaug-our-daily-bread <p>Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farm boy who became the father of the Green Revolution, is credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation. Today, Charity speaks with biographer Noel Vietmeyer about his book &ldquo;Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug&rdquo; (Bracing Books) and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn of Des Moines, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 88 at http://iowapublicradio.org Food Wasted http://iowapublicradio.org/post/food-wasted <p>According to the EPA, more than 34 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills each year. Iowa generated nearly 3 million tons in 2010, but some Iowans are working to keep waste out of Iowa&#39;s landfills. Bakery goods that don&rsquo;t get eaten or go bad, food scraps and bi-products of the food preparation process can all be recycled. In Anamosa, Endres Processing turns this waste into feed for Iowa&rsquo;s livestock. We&rsquo;ll hear from Brad Edwards, a manager at the plant about what goes on there and how he feeds his own cattle the processed waste in addition to traditional feed. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 177 at http://iowapublicradio.org