Category Archives: Environment

Action Alert On Iowa Water Quality

Action alert and other info. from Senator Rob Hogg: On Saturday, August 19, join me at 1:30 p.m. for the City Manager’s “1-Bag Challenge” event at the McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, in Cedar Rapids. For more details, and … Continue reading

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Act On Climate — Scary Edition

You may have seen David Wallace-Wells’ New York Magazine article titled, “The Uninhabitable Earth.” It’s a scary article with frightful truths circulating on social media. Half truths according to Michael E. Mann, director of Earth System Science Center at Penn … Continue reading

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Waiting For Trump On Climate Action

While in Europe, Pope Francis and the G7 leaders bent President Trump’s ears about climate change. The Pope presented a copy of Laudato Sí, On Care For Our Common Home, his encyclical on consumerism, irresponsible development, environmental degradation and global … Continue reading

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Iowa Water Quality And Confirmation Bias

Progressives, farmers and environmentalists heard there is movement in the Iowa legislature to fund water quality and ears perked up — a natural impulse to interpret new events as supporting something we already believe or are working on, also known … Continue reading

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Rain Remains

Rain is the best natural resource left in Iowa, helping us grow crops without irrigation because of its abundance. If other parts of North America can more deserving be called America’s breadbasket — Central Valley, Imperial Valley and Salinas Valley … Continue reading

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Making Climate Change Personal

“We could use some of that global warming,” a truck driver told me. It was a joke. The ambient temperature was in the low teens and we both work outside as part of our jobs. If the weather were warmer … Continue reading

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2016 Revisited Do Not Despair

Following the mainstream news sources, we only get certain kinds of news.  Generally speaking,  bad news, superficial, biased, sensationalized news, sprinkled with dramatic over-reaction by the punditry in some cases or bewildering under-reaction (nothing to see here!) in others.  But … Continue reading

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How SILT Creates Farming Opportunities For Young Iowans

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust Meet Ben. Ben grew up in Cedar Falls, but after a stint volunteering on a farm decided to dedicate his life to it. He didn’t see Iowa offering the opportunity he was looking for, so he … Continue reading

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24 Hours of Reality — 2016 Edition

Who knows what President Trump’s impact on the environment will be? To hold ground environmental advocates have claimed since the Nixon administration, we can’t ignore the renewed challenges presented by the mogul’s rise to power. We don’t know what Trump … Continue reading

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Call For Medical Professionals At Standing Rock

Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH is coordinating a medical response to the eviction notice served last week to the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, asking for physicians and other medical professionals to volunteer. Wendy Ring, member of Physicians for Social … Continue reading

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