Category Archives: Environment

The Planet Lost Big Time November 8th

America lost so much in this election. The world lost so much in this election. Perhaps no entity lost more in this election than the planet and its systems for sustaining life. Humanity was finally, slowly coming to grips with … Continue reading

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Pipeline Protesters To Camp On Iowa Farmer’s Land

Monday Action Alert from Bold Iowa: Bold Iowa is setting up a #NoDAPL camp today with an Iowa farmer in Calhoun County, whose land was taken against her will via eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline that threatens … Continue reading

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After The Latest Iowa Flood

The Cedar River crested in Cedar Rapids at 21.91 feet at 11 a.m. yesterday. As the river recedes over the next few days the temporary flood wall and earthen berms built over the weekend will be monitored for breaches. They … Continue reading

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Evacuation Of Cedar Rapids Under Way

The headline from this morning’s Des Moines Register was that residents of 5,000 Cedar Rapids homes were asked to evacuate in advance of the flood crest predicted to arrive Tuesday morning. The height of the crest has been revised downward … Continue reading

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Protect Environment, Stop Nuclear Weapons

(Editor’s Note: When this guest column ran in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Wednesday, Sept. 21, its abstract nature became real as heavy precipitation events pummeled Butler County and other parts of northeastern Iowa, disrupting lives there and downstream. Living … Continue reading

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Autumn Begins With An Iowa Flood

There was a lot to make one cranky as summer ended yesterday, including the weather. Extremely heavy rains are flooding parts of Iowa and the impact will soon be felt downstream. The Cedar River is expected to crest at 24.1 … Continue reading

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Can Hipsters Stomach The Truth About Avocados From Mexico?

Can consumers buy avocados from Mexico at the grocery store, or in prepared guacamole with impunity? Probably not. Last week’s article “In Mexico, high avocado prices fueling deforestation” by Associated Press author Mark Stevenson explained why. Americans’ love for avocados … Continue reading

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Chuck Isenhart Addresses Iowa Clean Water Strategy

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, State Rep. Chuck Isenhart issued a press release addressing the need for Iowa government to update the state’s clean water strategy. Following a visit to Louisiana, where he consulted with stakeholders regarding Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, … Continue reading

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What's After Paris?

Last week, Al Gore reflected on the ten years since he founded The Climate Reality Project. Following is an excerpt from an email he sent to the Climate Reality Leaders he trained. Ten years ago, I trained the first group … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

We hope this isn’t true. The stories became far too frequent to ignore. E-mails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in … Continue reading

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