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Environmental news, research and analysis
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2019-05-25 06:06
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2019-05-20 13:24
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
20.05.2019

On The Radio- Decreasing fish populations

Kasey Dresser| May 20, 2019 This weeks segment looks at how fish populations are decreasing as ocean temperatures continue to increase.  Transcript:  Overfishing is not the only factor decreasing fish populations. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. ...
13.05.2019

On The Radio- Praire can aid farming

Kasey Dresser| May 13, 2019 This weeks segment looks at a study from Iowa State researching prairie strips on farm fields. Transcript: New research will test the impacts of prairie strips on farm fields over time. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. ...
6.05.2019

On The Radio- The first- ever photograph of a black hole

Kasey Dresser| May 6, 2019 This weeks segment looks at what space technology research can also teach us about the earth. Transcript: Our obsession with outer space is helping us understand our Earthly environment. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. ...
29.04.2019

On The Radio- Preparing for flood season

Kasey Dresser| April 29, 2019 This weeks segment looks at how towns along the Mississippi are preparing for flood season.  Transcript:  As flood season begins, mayors of towns along the Mississippi prepare for potential disaster.  This is the Iowa Envi...
19.04.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Chemist Betsy Stone

Julia Poska| April 19, 2019 Betsy Stone looks at the very air she breathes every day on a microscopic level. “Since I started my career here at the University of Iowa, I’ve been amazed at the very interesting air quality events that we’ve been able to ...
8.04.2019

On The Radio- BP Oil

Kasey Dresser| April 8, 2019 This weeks segment looks at BP’s place in the coming decades with rising demands for renewable energy. Transcript: BP Oil and Gas has made energy demand predictions about the future—but are they accurate? This is the Iowa E...
5.04.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Writer Activist Barbara Eckstein

Julia Poska| April 5, 2019 Barbara Eckstein’s environmental interest was a product of place. Her first jobs were in New Orleans, “where class and race and environmental degradation are very present,” she said. “So the need for activism on the behalf of...
1.04.2019

On The Radio- Endangered Insects

Kasey Dresser| April 1, 2019 This weeks segment is not an April fools joke; bugs could disappear within the next century. Transcript: At their current extinction rate, insects could completely disappear within a century.  This is the Iowa Environmental...
25.03.2019

On The Radio- Crops increasing, biodiversity decreasing

Kasey Dresser| March 25, 2019 This weeks segment looks at decreasing biodiversity in crops around the world.  Transcript: The number of crops grown around the world has increased, yet crop biodiversity has declined.  This is the Iowa Environmental Focu...
22.03.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Statistician Kate Cowles

Julia Poska | March 22, 2019 Hydrologists can never completely predict when flooding will strike. Conservationists can never be sure how chemical spills will impact fish populations, nor can anyone really foretell how extreme the effects of climate cha...
17.03.2019

On The Radio- Coffee Wake Up Call

Kasey Dresser| March 18, 2019 This weeks segment looks at how deforestation is affecting coffee production.  Transcript: Deforestation and climate change may wipe out coffee worldwide.  This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.  Aaron Davis, a British bota...
11.03.2019

On The Radio- The Green New Deal

  Kasey Dresser| March 11, 2019 This weeks segment looks at The Green New Deal, a bill for clean transportation.   Transcript: The newly proposed Green New Deal gives some framework for a future of clean transportation. This is the Iowa Environmental F...
8.03.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Anthropologist Matt Hill

Julia Poska | March 8, 2019 In their relatively short residence on Earth, humans have survived several dramatic climate change events, albeit with more natural causes than at present. They have endured man-made environmental challenges, like deforestat...
4.03.2019

On The Radio- Benefits of GMOs

Kasey Dresser| March 4, 2019 This weeks segment looks at how GMO crops could help African farmers. Transcript:  A new study from Iowa State University says genetically modified crops are far more helpful than harmful This is the Iowa Environmental Focu...
25.02.2019

On The Radio- Insect based dog food

Kasey Dresser| February 25, 2019 This weeks segment looks at new methods of creating dog food with less of an environmental impact.  Transcript:  A potential new insect based dog food could help the planet.  This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.  Meat ...
22.02.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Electrical and computer engineer Ananya Sen Gupta

Julia Poska | February 22, 2019 Ananya Sen Gupta’s entire career may have looked very different had she not serendipitously stopped to pet a colleague’s dog one day as a postdoctoral researcher in Massachusetts. The dog’s owner connected Sen Gupta with...
18.02.2019

On The Radio- Brazil and the negative affects of hydropower

Kasey Dresser| February 18, 2019 This weeks segment looks at the negative impact of the Bela Monte Hyrdodam in Brazil.  Transcript: Hydropower is one of the world’s leading sources of renewable energy, but in some places it has come at a cost. This is ...
11.02.2019

On The Radio- Microplastic pollution affecting aquatic organisms

Kasey Dresser| February 11, 2019 This weeks segment looks at developing research on the effects of microplastic pollution. Transcript: Scientists are still researching the dangerous effects of microplastic pollution.  This is the Iowa Environmental Foc...
8.02.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Geographer Eric Tate

Julia Poska | February 8, 2019 Natural disasters are enormously costly. The U.S. incurred an estimated $306 billion in physical damage from extreme weather events like hurricanes and floods in 2017 alone. CGRER member Eric Tate, a professor in the Univ...
4.02.2019

On The Radio- Detecting algal blooms

Kasey Dresser| February 4, 2019 This weeks segment looks at new technology for detecting harmful algal blooms. Transcript: Scientists may soon be able to detect harmful algal blooms from the sky.  This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.  A team of resear...
25.01.2019

CGRER Looks Forward: Co-director Jerry Schnoor

Julia Poska | January 25, 2019 Sometimes Jerry Schnoor looks like a typical engineer, running models and making projections using computers and mathematics. Other times he looks more like a forester, working with soil and seeds to clean up chemical con...
21.01.2019

On The Radio- Native American reservations

Kasey Dresser| January 14, 2019 This weeks segment looks at the averse affects of climate change on Native American reservations.  Transcript: Native Americans are among the most vulnerable groups affected by climate change, according to the Fourth Nat...
14.01.2019

On The Radio- The impacts of climate change on the Midwest

Kasey Dresser| January 14, 2018 This weeks segment looks at the affects of climate change on the Midwest covered in the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Transcript:  Increased heat and rain will strike Midwest agriculture from multiple directions. ...
31.12.2018

On The Radio- Climate change and crop production

This weeks segment looks at how increased temperature and precipitation will affect crop production in the Midwest.  Transcript: Increasing temperatures and precipitation will affect crop yields in the Midwest. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. The...
24.12.2018

On The Radio- Ecosystem services

Kasey Dresser| December 24, 2018 This weeks segment looks at how the relationship between humans and ecosystems will change with the affects of climate change. Transcript: Climate change will alter the relationship between humans and ecosystems.  This ...
17.12.2018

On The Radio- Adapting to the inevitability of climate change

Kasey Dresser| December 17, 2018 This weeks segment looks at methods to adapt to climate change laid out in the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Transcript: Adaptation is crucial for dealing with climate change, but it is not always done well.  Thi...
3.12.2018

On The Radio- Benefits of passive building design

Kasey Dresser| December 3, 2018 Passive design can improve energy efficiency on a warming planet As climate change heats up Iowa, how will people stay cool without increasing energy demand? The answer may lie in something called passive design.  This i...
26.11.2018

On The Radio- Increasing global temperatures

Kasey Dresser| November 26, 2018 This weeks segment looks at the effects of growing temperatures from 1901 to 2006.  Transcript: Average global temperatures will only continue increasing if nothing is done. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. The ave...
19.11.2018

On the Radio- Green infrastructure key to keeping urban flooding at bay

Julia Poska | November 19, 2018 This week’s segment looks at flood mitigation approaches that incorporate nature into city design. Transcript: As Iowa’s extreme rain events intensify over time, flood management considerations will need to expand beyond...
29.10.2018

On The Radio- India hoping to open the first fully solar-powered airport

Kasey Dresser | October 29, 2018 This weeks segment looks at prospective plans for India to open the first fully solar-powered airport. Transcript: India is set to open the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus...
22.10.2018

On The Radio- Crop enhancement at night

Kasey Dresser | October 15, 2018 This weeks segment looks at a study that tracks how nighttime airflow can affect crops. Transcript:  A new study in Illinois aims to improve crops by tracking how air moves at night. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus...
15.10.2018

On The Radio- Climate change affecting the moss in Antartica

Kasey Dresser | October 15, 2018 This weeks segment highlights the affect of climate change on plant life in East Antartica. Transcript: There is evidence of climate change affecting moss beds in East Antarctica. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. I...
10.10.2018

Iowa Climate Statement 2018

Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | October 10th, 2018 On Thursday, October 11th, the Iowa Climate Statement is set to be unveiled in Cedar Rapids. Tune in to our Facebook for a livestream of the announcement around 10:30am on 10./11/18!
8.10.2018

On The Radio- Farmers are profiting from environmental conservation

Kasey Dresser | October 7, 2018 This weeks segment talks about an incentive for farmers to be more environmentally friendly.  Transcript: Farmers are finding profitable ways to help the environment. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. Agriculture pra...
17.09.2018

On The Radio- Increasing Summer Heat

Kasey Dresser | September 17, 2018 This weeks segment talks about why Iowa and other mid-latitude states are experiencing hotter summers. Transcript: Summers in mid-latitudes, including Iowa, are warming faster than other seasons, a recent study found....
10.09.2018

On The Radio- Soil Conservation Mapping

Kasey Dresser | September 10, 2018 Transcript: Iowa is now one of the country’s leaders in soil conservation mapping. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. Iowa officials have recently completed a map of the conservation efforts in the state. This map ...
6.09.2018

EnvIowa- Iowa City Climate Action Steering Committee

Eden DeWald| September 6, 2018 Episode 9 of the EnvIowa Podcast gives an inside look at how the City of Iowa City created its climate plan. We spoke with the Iowa City Sustainability Coordinator Brenda Nations, about her role in the planning process, a...
27.08.2018

On the Radio- Air pollution linked to diabetes

Eden DeWald | August 27, 2018 This week’s segment explores a link between air pollution and diabetes. Transcript: Air pollution from power plants, wild fires and vehicle exhaust has been linked to cases of type two diabetes. This is the Iowa Environmen...
20.08.2018

On the Radio- Air quality of national parks

Eden DeWald | August 20, 2018 This week’s segment explores how patronage has affected the air quality of our national parks. Transcript: Poor air quality threatens the beauty of our treasured national parks. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. A rece...
13.08.2018

On the Radio- An excess of parking spaces

Eden DeWald | August 13th, 2018 This week’s segment focuses on the amount of land the parking spaces occupy in Des Moines. Transcript: There are more than nineteen parking spaces for every household in the city of Des Moines, a new report shows. This i...
6.08.2018

On the Radio- The coral of the future

Eden DeWald | August 6, 2018 This week’s segment explores efforts in Hawaii to grow corals resistant to bleaching. Transcript: Scientists are attempting to speed up evolution in an effort to save coral reefs. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. Biolo...
30.07.2018

On the Radio- Flooding in Polk County

Eden DeWald | July 30, 2018 This week’s segment discusses the recent flooding in Polk County. Transcript: Flooding in Polk County has impacted over five thousand homes this summer. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. A June 30 torrential rain storm b...
23.07.2018

On the Radio- Biodiversity may reduce asthma

Eden DeWald | July 23, 2018 This week’s segment details a study that found a correlation in asthma reduction and a biodiverse environment. Transcript: Biodiverse living spaces can have a positive affect on your child’s health This is the Iowa Environme...
16.07.2018

On the Radio- Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Eden DeWald | July 16, 2018 This week’s segment explores a study focused on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Transcript: Scientists and engineers at Harvard believe they may have found a way to convert carbon dioxide pollution into usable f...
9.07.2018

On the Radio- Reacting to flooding in Iowa

Eden DeWald | July 9, 2018 This week’s segment covers how devastating recent floods in Iowa have been, and what the Iowa Legislature has done to respond to them. Transcript: At least 951 presidential flood-emergency declarations have been made in the s...
2.07.2018

On the Radio- The benefits of rotational grazing

Eden DeWald | July 2, 2018 This week’s segment gives insight into rotational grazing and how it can benefit farmers. Transcript: Iowa farmers may be able to use conservation grazing as a way to help encourage prairie growth. The is the Iowa Environment...
25.06.2018

On the Radio- Budget cuts for Australia’s Department of Environment and Energy

Eden DeWald | June 25, 2018 This week’s segment focuses on changes within the Australia Department of Environment and Energy. Transcript: Budget cuts threaten Australia’s ability to protect its endangered species. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. ...
18.06.2018

On the Radio- Beavers may help to reduce pollution

Eden DeWald | June 18, 2018 This week’s segment focuses on a new study about the ecosystem services that beavers provide. Transcript: Beavers could help contain pollutants in ponds and streams. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. Hydrology professor ...
11.06.2018

On the Radio- The reduced carbon impact of electric buses

Eden DeWald | June 11, 2018 This week’s segment discusses the findings of a new study about the reduced carbon impact of electric buses. Transcript: A new study describes the health and economic benefits of electric school buses. This is the Iowa Envir...
4.06.2018

On the Radio- Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano

Eden DeWald| June 4, 2018 This weeks segment discusses the recent surge in activity from the Kilauea Volcano. Transcript: Kilauea is currently the world’s most active volcano. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus. The Kilauea Volcano is located on the ...