Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

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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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Iowa to Allow Hunting of Mourning Doves

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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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Breathe Again: Reflecting on Life in Iowa Post Caucus.

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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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20% of Iowa’s Electricity Comes From Wind Power

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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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WATCH: Colbert Goes After Iowa Congressman on Dog Fighting


Steven Colbert took a nice chunk out of Iowa Congressman Steve King for his nonsensical argument against new federal anti-dog fighting laws. Read More The post WATCH: Colbert Goes After Iowa Congressman on Dog Fighting appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News Video stephen colbert steve king

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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 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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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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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. There probably wasnt a more fitting place for this to happen than in Iowa, a state where more than a quarter of energy generation comes from renewable wind. Coals days are numbered here in Iowa.". Compass.

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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. California added more than 1,600 megawatts of wind in 2012 to reach 5,500 megawatts, overtaking Iowa for the country’s second highest overall wind capacity. 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. Both schools started the program at a couple of schools in the district. They are planning to expand so all schools in the district will be diverting their organics from the landfill.

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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. Both of them had a bit less than 25% of the total and Rep Ron Paul was close as well with 21%.

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The Smell of Confinement Versus the Smell of Freedom.

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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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Picture of the Day

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

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Politics Isn’t for the Quiet.

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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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Google Signs Major Wind Power Contract

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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

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. The Iowa Caucus is the official start to the campaign season in the United States, and although it’s only one of fifty states (plus DC, come on, statehood!)

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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: 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

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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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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 18

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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 ).

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. What will the world look like in 50 years? Everybody wants to know the answer, especially when it comes to climate change.

Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

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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.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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And another one,” she added, “in a tampon box.” “A Big Brown Bat in a large glass terrarium,” said Marlene Ehresman in Iowa, “because the people wanted to make sure it wouldn’t escape.”

MidAmerican Energy Proposes $280 Million Wind Project

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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. The project is slated for completion by the conclusion of 2015 and would add up to 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity in the state of Iowa. The next step in the process is to file for approval of it’s expansion project with the Iowa Utilities Board.

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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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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. Sitting in on a Saturday night, scrolling my Facebook feed, I see someone’s Read More The post Exclusive: Real Talk with Plant-Based Hip-Hop Diva Leslie Hall appeared first on Ecorazzi. Arts/Culture Entertainment Featured Music News Pop Culture leslie hall

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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. It's generally a bad time to be a bee in the United States. Populations of the pollinating insects have been declining for more than a decade, including managed honeybee colonies as well as various species of native wild bees.

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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

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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

‘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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"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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Stamping the First Robin of Spring

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” 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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Wildlife Rehabilitation in Tulsa

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And to top it all off, the day before I left Kim drove me to the Grey Snow Eagle House, where we were given a breathtaking tour by Iowa Tribal Elder Victor Roubidoux. Just returned from an amazing tour of Tulsa … wildlife rehabilitators, fabulous artists, even an NPR interview with Rich Fisher – all to benefit WING-IT , Tulsa’s dedicated group of rehabbers.

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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. Our obsession with kombucha won’t just be about drinking it anymore. The trendy fermented beverage gets combined with vinegar, sugar, bacteria and yeast in a shallow bath.

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Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

In Iowa, the largest producer of corn, the gain was 90 percent, according to the Iowa State University in Ames. One of my New Year's resolutions is to be a better blogger (don't we all resolve that every year?). For example, not to post anything on old news. Ah, well, resolutions are made to be broken.

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The Birds of March Madness

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Iowa State Cyclones (represented by Cy the Cardinal). Greetings, 10,000 Birds readers! I’m thrilled to be contributing all the little tidbits I find to the Nature News beat. And there’s little that’s newsier (in the U.S., at least) at the moment than the NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament! Birds have already begun making their presence known on the court.

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The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

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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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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. Facebook announced this year that it would be building a new multi-million dollar data center in Iowa, largely due to the amount of power that the state generates from clean sources compared with neighboring states.

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Warren Buffett Says Coal Will Be Replaced

Sierra Club Compass

In January of this year, MidAmerican and the Sierra Club reached an agreement in Iowa in which the company retired seven coal-fired boilers and committed to develop a new solar installation at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. billion in Iowa wind power. This latest wind investment -- the largest economic development project of any kind in Iowa's history -- will put his Iowa utility at a whopping 39 percent wind power by 2017.

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What is the State Bird of New Jersey?

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The legislature named the goldfinch the state bird in 1935 , sharing the designation with Washington and Iowa. Mentioning New Jersey often raises a snicker or a run down of all the drama and negative stereotypes that swirl around the Garden State, most of which are typified by the MTV hit show, “Jersey Shore.” ” While certain New Jersey decisions may be dubious, their state bird, the American Goldfinch, is a beautiful choice.

Play Ball! An iPhone photo essay

Environmental Economics

After Chicago, we made our way to Omaha (Iowa was surprisingly pretty, but I forgot to take pictures),  where we headed to the Omaha Champions Village to meet up with the rest of the team. Where have I been for the past week? 

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"Reporting back: the World Congress for Environmental and Resource Economists in Gothenburg, Sweden"

Environmental Economics

Another highlight with direct applications to BCA was the policy session, “Best Practices in Revealed Preference Approaches for Nonmarket Valuation Methods that Inform Environmental Policy,” organized by Catherine Kling (Iowa State/Cornell University). Sonja Kolstoe at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis "On Balance" blog : This was my first time attending a World Congress.

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