Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

10,000 Birds

A panel of the Iowa legislature decided to ignore common sense, wildlife professionals, and Iowa’s own Natural Resources Commission and allow lead shot to be used for the new Mourning Dove hunting season. This decision is just plain dumb. Hat-tip to John. Asides

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Breathe Again: Reflecting on Life in Iowa Post Caucus.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Inspiring (Wow) WAYLON: Today Only awareness breathe again campaign change Iowa caucus life politics presidential candidates Reflecting on Life in Iowa Post Caucus reflecting post caucusThe distance between the average American and the politicians that are running this country seems to grow greater by the year.

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Iowa to Allow Hunting of Mourning Doves

10,000 Birds

For the first time since 1918 hunters will be able to hunt Mourning Doves in Iowa – but with one big caveat. Lead ammunition will not be allowed. Thoughts? Asides

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20% of Iowa’s Electricity Comes From Wind Power

Wind Power Ninja

The state of Iowa has been tireless in their efforts to become more sustainable in the last five years, and now they have numbers to prove it. A press release from earlier this year says that up to 20% of Iowa’s electricity is produced by wind. The document is from the Iowa Policy Project. Electricity prices in Iowa are also below the national average even though they have been investing in renewable technology, says the press release.

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Iowa Activists Push Country Beyond Big Coal Milestone - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

» Iowa Activists Push Country Beyond Big Coal Milestone. Last week, the Sierra Club and anybody who loves clean air celebrated a milestone after a landmark settlement in Iowa pushed the total amount of coal generation retired since 2010 in the U.S. Compass.

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“Longtime Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon.”

Elephant Journal

Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon ( “A freelance cartoonist says he was fired for drawing an editorial cartoon…” This, in America, no less–land of free expression and free press? See below to see how you can help. Watch the video about this, here. “Again, I fall hard in the best interest […]. Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Food Green

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Iowa and Wind


In 2009, Iowa became the first state to have more than 10% of its total generated electricity come from wind power. of all electricity generated in Iowa. At the end of 2010, the installed capacity for wind power in Iowa was a little less than 10% of the total wind capacity in the U.S. No significant additions were made to Iowa's wind power generating capacity in 2010.

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Dog Travels to Iowa Hospital In Search of Ailing Owner


A miniature Schnauzer named Sissy is making headlines after breaking out of her backyard and traveling to an Iowa hospital in search of her owner. Read More The post Dog Travels to Iowa Hospital In Search of Ailing Owner appeared first on Ecorazzi. Talk about (wo)man’s best friend. Animals News Top News

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Iowa and South Dakota approached 25 percent electricity from wind in 2012

Green Blog

Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Renewable Energy Energy Iowa South Dakota USA wind energy

School Districts Going Greener in Iowa


This semester is starting off a little more green for three Iowa school districts. Ottumwa Community Schools, Pella Community Schools and (most recently) West Liberty Community Schools have begun the semester by implementing GreenRU composting into their food services.

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Close Call at the Iowa Caucus for Sanders and Clinton


If you are anything like me, you were up ’til the late hours last night, hitting refresh buttons and switching channels like a hyper-caffeinated West Wing character in order to keep up with the results of the Iowa Caucus.

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Video: President Iowa Promotes Wind Energy for Economic Growth

Wind Power Ninja

Wind power was at the forefront of the speech as he delivered it at the Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. President Obama was gave a speech today on the importance of green energy opportunities as a crucial component for economic growth in rural America and described the current unemployment situation as a “silent crisis.”.

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Neck and Neck in the Iowa Caucus


With 96 percent of precincts reporting at 11:40 p.m. Eastern, former senator Rick Santorum ( he who thinks "environmentalism is a religion being pushed on the American public" ) was in a virtual tie with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, leading him by just 79 votes.

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The Smell of Confinement Versus the Smell of Freedom.

Elephant Journal

Later, when some CAFOs were about to set up close to her own property, she read the research and discovered that because of the highly concentrated chemicals being emitted, Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Food Green Health & Wellness Z ADMIN Family Featured Today Z ADMIN Food Featured Today Z ADMIN Green Featured Today CAFO factory farms Iowa pig farms pigs

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Politics Isn’t for the Quiet.

Elephant Journal

Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) WAYLON: Today Only Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today American Politics bernie sanders big business caucus corruption democrat Feel the Bern GOP Iowa media presidential election responsible journalismIt is glaringly obvious that we need to stand today and every day to shout loud and proud: “We demand better!”.

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Picture of the Day

Environmental Economics

Storm clouds in Iowa (from a recent road trip). Photo Credit: Official Second Oldest Daughter of Env-Econ

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Google Signs Major Wind Power Contract

Wind Power Ninja

Google made a big move this week to use more renewable energy when they signed a 20-year contract with an Iowa wind farm that will allow Google to purchase wind power at a set rate over the next two decades. Government / Industry google energy google iowa wind farm google wind farm google wind power

Farming, Adapting to Climate Change & the Limits of Imagination

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yet there are signs of how farmers might respond to this change already: In Iowa, for instance, last year’s drought led to increasing sales of new irrigation equipment. Farm sprinkler irrigation system. Photo by Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program via a Creative Commons license.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 18

Conservancy Talk

Bad news for Ash trees in Iowa : the ash borer has been found for the second time in the state. Shark hunts, comets and a car-free city in America? It’s all in today’s green news. A new dinosaur has been discovered in Utah! National Geographic ). A possible “ comet of the century ” could provide a stunning show later this year. ( Fox News ). Sounds heavenly: The only place in America where cars have been banned since 1898. TreeHugger ).

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The Green Buzz: Thursday, March 14

Conservancy Talk

Iowa and South Dakota produced almost 25% of their electricity from wind in 2012. Climate Change Energy Environmental News Environmental Science Food Global Warming Green Living International Land Use Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz dead pigs discovery dunkin donuts electricity food deserts fresh food Grist iowa monarch monarch butterflies monarch migration New York Times npr palm oil shanghai south dakota sustainable palm oil Treehugger Water Conservation wind power

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Picture of the day

Environmental Economics

You can take the fisherman out of Iowa, but you can't take the Iowan out of the fisherman

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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 18

Conservancy Talk

An Iowa Rep’s amendment to the Farm Bill could be the end of humane farming standards. There’s a lot of green news to report on today, so let’s get started. The U.S. crushed its stockpiles of ivory on Friday in a message to wildlife criminals: Stop. National Geographic ). Deforestation is still a major problem around the globe as these crushing satellite photos show. Grist ).

How to Save Money on a Wedding – Top 10 Ways

10,000 Birds

In May 2014, after what seemed like an eternity of planning and worry, my wife and I got married in a small-town Iowa church, just steps from her old high school. Our reception was a few miles down the road in a beautiful river valley with a hundred-year-old barn. We were blessed to have a… How to Save Money on a Wedding – Top 10 Ways is a post from Money Crashers. Family & Home Featured Marriage Money Management Spending and Saving EDITJE EDITKT OPTQ

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To save bees, city plans 1,000 acres of prairie

Green (Living) Review

Midwest, one city in Iowa is launching an ambitious plan to rebuild their prairie habitat. But as one city in Iowa plans to demonstrate, big changes like these can start with smaller, simpler actions. As vital pollinators decline across the U.S.

MidAmerican Energy Proposes $280 Million Wind Project

Wind Power Ninja

Iowa’s Adam’s County will get a new wind farm as MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans today to open a new wind farm and expand a second site in O’Brien County in 2015, investing $280 million in wind turbines.

Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

POET has reduced production at half of its biorefineries, with the largest drops taking place in Iowa and Ohio. I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.

Emotional Honesty Versus It’s-All-For-My-Good

Elephant Journal

It’s the 2018 Winter Solstice in Fairfield, Iowa. What a crazy morning it has been! A chilly, wintery day without snow, the midwest landscape looking like so much dead grass, the Maharishi Effect hovering sleepily over our tiny city. And I am fortunate enough to be off work for the holiday and therefore able to […].

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Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

10,000 Birds

112 was released in Iowa and has since traveled a circuitous route of more than 1,100 miles across two states. 112′s meanderings across Iowa and Missouri. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, “The upper green dot is a lek at the Kellerton Wildlife Management Area in Iowa where Bird No. ” (Image credit goes to Jennifer Vogel from Iowa State University.). Not quite as fancy as the satellite tracker that Bird No.

If you #FeeltheBern, you gotta hear Hipster Bernie “sing.” [Colbert]

Elephant Journal

But he’s up in Iowa, wow. He’s up in New Hampshire, sure. At 5:30, I started crying with laughter: “America Is Getting Its Bern Notice” Bernie on Colbert: Blog (always click 4 all blogs

Exclusive: Real Talk with Plant-Based Hip-Hop Diva Leslie Hall


It wasn’t until last month that by happenstance I discovered Iowa-based satirical rap artist—and avid vegan—Leslie Hall.

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99-year-old Woman Sews a Dress for an African Child Every Single Day

Green (Living) Review

In a senior living community in Davenport, Iowa, a group of residents meet weekly to sew dresses for a charitable organization. But for Lillian Weber the hobby has turned into a mission: In her Bettendorf farm house she makes a dress for a small girl in Africa every single day.

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

10,000 Birds

Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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They’re making vegan leather out of kombucha


Food and Wine reports that researchers at Iowa State University are using the cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea to make a new substitute for leather. Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University. Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University.

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‘Puppy Bowl’ Stars Raise Money to Local Shelter


Dozens gathered in Shueyville, Iowa to watch two local rescue dogs star in the Animal Planet show, and raise $3,200 for the shelter that took them in. Read More The post ‘Puppy Bowl’ Stars Raise Money to Local Shelter appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes Entertainment Film/TV News Top News

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The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

Elephant Journal

EAB has been spotted in Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and most recently, Colorado.

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Walking the Devil’s Backbone

Conservancy Talk

In a place like Iowa, where you can see the horizon from your front yard, and cornfields stretch their green stalks towards the sky for miles on end, the abrupt cliffs and forests of Backbone State Park are an astonishing revelation.

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"Demand Grows for Hogs That Are Raised Humanely"

Environmental Economics

Adding gilts to the drift: Neither the United States Department of Agriculture nor the National Pork Producers Council has data on the number of pastured pigs, though in 2006, research done at Iowa State University estimated that the drift, as a group of pigs is known, numbered from 500,000 to 750,000.

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June Friday Photo Contest: June!

Wend Magazine

And, as of Tuesday evening, June is pride month in Iowa City (as it is nationwide). June is officially National Men’s Health Month. It is also National Safety Month.

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Top 5 States - for Wind Power Generation


Iowa: 3,675 MW. Iowa: 15%. State Capacity & Generation. Top 5 States, by Total Wind Capacity. Texas: 10,085 MW. California: 3,177 MW. Minnesota: 2,192 MW. Washington: 2,105 MW. Top 5 States, by New Wind Capacity in 2010. Texas: 680 MW. Illinois: 498 MW. California: 455 MW.

Stamping the First Robin of Spring

10,000 Birds

” Several years later, in 2012, we got a comment from someone named Fred Jacob that said the following: When I was a boy growing up in Iowa some sixty years ago, we would “stamp” the first robins in spring. But apparently Fred was not alone because over the last three years quite a few people from Michigan, Ontario, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska have chimed in to say that they too, grew up stamping robins and some mentioned passing it on to their children and grandchildren.

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Don't repeat mistakes that led to Superweeds

Green (Living) Review

It details a real threat to Iowa agriculture and raises important questions about responsibility and the way forward. The Des Moines Register deserves a hearty thank you for Donnelle Eller''s eye-opening Sunday article on glysophate-resistant Superweeds.

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How Does It Work: Wind Energy

Green Home Blog

Large, open plains, like those in Iowa and west Texas, also make good homes for wind farms. Iowa gets 15% of its energy from wind power while Texas has the highest capacity for wind energy of any state (10,000 MW – enough to power around 3 million homes). How Does It Work: Wind Energy.

The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

  #4) FACEBOOK "LIKES" WIND ENERGY IN IOWA Across the Midwest, 2013 was a banner year for wind energy. billion investment in Iowa's wind industry, representing the largest investment of any kind in state history.

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