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Proposed Change to Anti-Deg Standards Would Weaken Water Quality Protections - Iowa Environmental Council

Lots of talk about need to urgently address water quality in Iowa. The action is retreating, how about. 
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Iowa View: Large-scale farming is Iowa's 'Breaking Bad'

Iowa View: Large-scale farming is Iowa's 'Breaking Bad' | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
The TV series 'Breaking Bad' has ended, but the real thing goes on in Iowa just as bad or much worse. And I am not referring to meth business, which we know is thriving in Iowa, unfortunately.
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If you farm in Iowa or work in agriculture, what would you say in response  to Kamyar Enshayan's essay   (the author).  I will also await the blog responses. 


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Lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs

Lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it

Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb.On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush.The 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out in earlier stages, but the coming ban on 60- and 40-watt bulbs will have a bigger affect on consumers because of the bulbs popularity for residential lighting, experts said.


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shining some light on misconceptions of a good law signed by Pres. Bush II

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shining light on a misunderstood law

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The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes
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Calling for  a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to a healthy environment...by David Orr

 

What can we do preserve and protect our water, our air, our lands?... As individuals we buy insurance, undergo annual physical exams, and wear seatbelts, which is to say that we exercise caution for reasons so obvious as to require no explanation. ... However, when it comes to activities that adversely  impact our natural resources…. the benefits of risk are, in effect, privatized, while the consequences are externalized—to the detriment of the planet and its future inhabitants 

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Policymakers Issue Flurry of Misleading Statements on Climate Science - Union of Concerned Scientists

Policymakers Issue Flurry of Misleading Statements on Climate Science - Union of Concerned Scientists | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
Policymakers Issue Flurry of Misleading Statements on Climate Science
Union of Concerned Scientists
... independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems.
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thanks to UCS for confronting misleading statements

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Study: Iowa lost 15 million tons of soil to erosion

Study: Iowa lost 15 million tons of soil to erosion | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
Study: Iowa lost 15 million tons of soil to erosion http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2014/08/05/environmental-working-group-says-iowa-lost-million-tons-soil-erosion/13609603/

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Study: Iowa lost 15 million tons of soil to erosion 
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Iowa View: 32,000 football fields of trees gone

Iowa View: 32,000 football fields of trees gone | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
For the first time since 1974, Iowa lost woodland acres. Did you know that in 2012, Iowa lost 42,000 acres of woodlands? That's equivalent to nearly 32,000 football fields of valuable trees gone forever.
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In today's Des Moines Register-January 12, two good articles on what is happening to our land.  I think Iowans do care about the loss of football fields worth of trees (maybe even as many who care about loss of our football teams, even). What do you think?  thanks to Dave and Shannon and Trees Forever and Iowa Woodlands

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Energy efficiency for business

Energy efficiency for business | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
Unlike other small businesses which shut down at the end of the working day, hotels need to run round the clock. How do they keep energy costs down?
 
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Portman Energy Efficiency Bill |

Portman Energy Efficiency Bill | | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
An overview of pending legislation that may affect U.S. green energy policy.

As environmental concerns become increasingly prevalent around the globe, it’s no surprise that politicians are proposing more and more legislation (as well as making numerous campaign promises) that center around sustainability.

When President Obama took office in 2007, one of his primary goals with respect to environmental policy was to come up with a plan to cut energy emissions. A few months ago, Obama submitted his national strategy  – the Climate Action Plan -to increase the use of sustainable technologies.


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Interested in learning of leadership efforts in other states. In Iowa, the focus of efforts and debate is before the state regulatory body.

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Rosenberg comments on updates to Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Rosenberg comments on updates to Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy | Environment and Natural Resources | Scoop.it
Wednesday, state officials at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources released an updated version of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy ...
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more of the same, but expecting different results

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