Iowa Activists Push Country Beyond Big Coal Milestone - Compass

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» 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

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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


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Engie, University of Iowa say ‘I do’ to 50-year, $1 billion+ partnership


See more here: Engie, University of Iowa say ‘I do’ to 50-year, $1 billion+ partnership. It’s the largest public-private partnership in the Hawkeye State’s history. Business Green circular economy energy & climate hawkeye hawkeye-state largest making manufacturing power points the-largest these-changes

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Iowa’s farmers are ready for a national discussion on transforming US agriculture


Here is the original post: Iowa’s farmers are ready for a national discussion on transforming US agriculture. Incremental change in agriculture is not moving quickly enough. Business Green associate conservation deonna-anderson- greenbiz 350 podcast jobs & careers meet-the policy & politics

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World's longest wildlife bridge could become reality across the Mississippi River


A proposal to repurpose the bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois across the Mississippi River into a national park and wildlife crossing has gained traction

Can Retrofitting Dams for Hydro Provide a Green Energy Boost?

Environmental News Network

Army Corps of Engineers finished construction of the Red Rock Dam on the Des Moines River in Marion County, Iowa. . In 1969, the U.S. Can Retrofitting Dams for Hydro Provide a Green Energy Boost

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The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 18

Cool Green Science

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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COVID-19 outbreak shuts down Tyson plant in Iowa


closed an Iowa pork plant for deep cleaning after 22% of its workforce tested positive for coronavirus. Tyson reported that it required employees to wear masks and that the northwestern Iowa plant had an extensive coronavirus testing protocol. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Tyson Foods has temporarily closed plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and Washington State. COVID-19 outbreak shuts down Tyson plant in Iowa. Tyson Foods, Inc.

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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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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 18

Cool Green Science

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.

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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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.

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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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World’s longest wildlife bridge could become reality across the Mississippi River


A proposal to repurpose the bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois across the Mississippi River into a national park and wildlife crossing has gained traction. Headed by the Bison Bridge Foundation, the proposal seeks to turn the commuter bridge into a wildlife-crossing pathway, allowing the animals to roam freely between Iowa and Illinois. Quad Cities is a 380,000-person metropolitan area that spans over the states of Iowa and Illinois on either side of the Mississippi River.

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 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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Walking the Devil’s Backbone

Cool Green Science

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. Iowa’s first state park protects a geological wonder, a narrow ridge of bedrock – called the “Devil’s Backbone” – because of its resemblance to a spine. With sheer drops on either side, it’s not your typical Iowa landscape.

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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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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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Can we blame this on ethanol too?

Environmental Economics

Pheasant economics ( NY Times ): The pheasant, once king of Iowa’s nearly half-a-billion-dollar hunting industry, is vanishing from the state. Over the last two decades, Iowa has lost more than 1.6 Surveys show that the population in 2012 was the second lowest on record, 81 percent below the average over the past four decades. The loss, pheasant hunters say, is both economic and cultural. It stems from several years of excessively damp weather and animal predators.

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. By next May 6, when she celebrates her 100th birthday, her tally will reach 1,000 handmade dresses donated. In the past two years she’s finished more than 840 of them.

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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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ReWall produces recycled building materials for sustainable homes


Along this vein, an Iowa-based recycling construction material company, ReWall, has come up with a solution and is out to give new meaning to sustainability and in the process, bring down the environmental impact of buildings with material reuse. The partners that conduct the tests are Priest and Associates, Iowa State University Institute for Physical Research and Technology, and the SBC Research Institute.

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. Earth’s atmosphere is in constant motion.

Big New Investments in Wind Energy Across the Country and Around the World

Sierra Club Compass

billion investment in Iowa wind power, which Governor Branstad called , "The largest economic development investment in the history of the state." The clean energy stakes got even higher last week when Facebook announced it had chosen Iowa over Nebraska as the location for a $1.5 As state Senator Galen Hadley wrote in an op-ed : The fact that Iowa generates 10 times as much electricity from wind as Nebraska was a major factor in [Facebook's] decision.

Congress: Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit!

Sierra Club Compass

The renewable energy success stories are countless: 150,000 rooftop solar panels have been installed in California, states like Iowa and South Dakota already have 20 percent of their electricity generated by wind power, and the more than 50 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the U.S. If one thing can be said about energy trends from the past year, it''s that dirty fossils fuels are out and clean energy is in.

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I just wanted to make sure you knew this was my idea

Environmental Economics

Iowa), a longtime supporter of the credit, objected to the measure that would end the subsidy. Follow up to my on the end of ethanol subsidies post: The Senate voted Thursday to repeal a $6 billion tax credit for ethanol producers, a move that could signal the end of some federal subsidies as part of an eventual budget and debt-ceiling compromise. Most Democrats and a number of Republicans supported an end to the subsidy, in a 73-27 vote.

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Going Green Off the Grid

Green Home Blog

” Dancing Rabbit (near the northeastern Iowa border). Going Green Off the Grid. Inside an earthship at Greater World. Being plugged into everyday society can be daunting for some. It is this trapped, unsustainable way of life that takes all good green intentions and throws them out the window.

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Dead Zone Redemption

Nature Conservancy - Science

Forested islands create a maze in the Mississippi River near Iowa. These “opportunity filters” helped us narrow our focus to five states — Iowa (Iowa, Des Moines, Skunk rivers), Illinois (Illinois, Rock rivers ), Indiana (Wabash River), and Ohio (statewide), and Louisiana (Atchafalaya river).

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Just In Time for Christmas

Green Home Blog

While Minnesota and Iowa struggled under their blankets of up to 37 inches of snow over a blanket of black ice up to two inches thick, I-35 (the Twin Cities interchange) was closed. The cost in Iowa, where crops were flattened, was estimated at $5 million (big money in 1991, but more like pocket change in today’s economy). Just In Time for Christmas. … It’s still green here in the Upper Midwest, and natives are starting to grouse about the lack of snow.

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Conserving Bison in Indiana. Yes, Indiana.

Nature Conservancy - Science

American Bison (Bison bison) feeding on spring grass at The Nature Conservancy’s Broken Kettle Grasslands in the northern Loess Hills of Iowa. Capizzo participated in round-ups at the Conservancy’s Dunn Ranch in Missouri and Broken Kettle Preserve in Iowa. “It The Nature Conservancy is continuing to expand its bison conservation program, and now the animals are moving east.

More on Shogren

Environmental Economics

For more than two decades, he has taught at Appalachian State University and Iowa State University, Yale University and the University of Wyoming, where he has been a professor since 1995. Make sure that you click the link in Tim's most recent post. If you don't, here is a sample of what you are missing: Shogren has become a staple of the Wyoming music scene in recent years. He is a common sight onstage at festivals like NoWoodstock, What Fest and Snowy Range.

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What he said

Environmental Economics

The demise of the subsidy is all the more remarkable because it comes at the peak of the political season in Iowa, where corn is king. Phil Miller: From the New York Times comes a story describing the end of the ethanol tax credit in the US. The tax break, created more than 30 years ago, had long seemed untouchable. But in the last year, during which Congress was preoccupied with deficits and debt, it became a symbol of corporate welfare.

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. Some may believe it too soon or even unhelpful to consider how this happened and who bears responsibility for getting us into this mess.

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Ethanol will spike Popcorn Price!!!

Eco Friendly Daily

OON RAPIDS, Iowa – A tractor trailer rig rumbles into the Tall Corn Ethanol plant. Corn pours from openings in its belly to bins underground, where conveyor belts and buckets haul it to gleaming steel silos rising 13 stories above the Iowa plains. In Iowa alone, three new ethanol plants opened last month. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Richard Lugar, R-Ind.,

Deer Management Solutions: It Takes a Village. Literally.

Nature Conservancy - Science

Because citizens are demanding it — across the nation from New Jersey to Minnesota, from Iowa to Maryland: * Union County, New Jersey is among the longest-standing examples of community-driven deer management. Iowa City, Iowa initiated a deer management program that includes sharpshooters to reduce deer numbers to 25 deer per square mile. A white-tailed deer. Photo: Kent Mason. By Meredith Cornett. Have you met the new neighbors? They just moved in across the street.

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What’s For Holiday Dinner?

Green Home Blog

For those in the Corn Belt (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, etc.) What’s For Holiday Dinner? Holiday Feast There are a number of traditional holiday dinner favorites, ranging from green bean casserole in the Upper Midwest to Waldorf salad to candied yams. Other historic or regional favorites descend from a pioneer menu that included whatever was edible and growing. In the late 1800’s, one might have sat down to duck or beef (or ham) instead of turkey.

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Worst drought in a century has hit over 93% of West Coast


The data further shows that the drought’s effects may be felt as far as Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Western U.S. states are experiencing the worst drought in the past century. Figures released by the U.S Drought Monitor show that 93% of the land in seven Western states is under drought. Further, about 59% of the land is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. These figures are the worst conditions recorded in the past 100 years.

JEEM: Message from the previous and the new editor

Environmental Economics

Those who will be stepping down include Andreas Lange (University of Hamburg, Germany), David Popp (Syracuse University, USA), Michael Roberts (University of Hawaii, USA), Quinn Weninger (Iowa State University, USA), and Andrew Yates (University of North Carolina, USA). I managed to make it to campus today ! The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management has been the official journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) for 39 years.

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How to shop small, local businesses this Prime Day


Shoppers might discover companies like BannorToys, based in Madrid, Iowa, that makes handcrafted wooden toys, or This Joyful Home, which creates burlap home décor and sustainable home accessories in Ranchester, Wyoming. Amazon was already big, then came the pandemic.

Meet the Microorganisms That Will Save the Planet (And the Fashion Industry)

Eco Chic

Image via Iowa State University/Christopher Gannon. Associate professor at Iowa State University, Young-A Lee took that challenge to heart and has invented what is being called vleather. Image via Iowa State University/Christopher Gannon. Image via Iowa State University/Christopher Gannon. From Microorganisms are both easy to dismiss and un-ignorable—but whether you think about them or not, they’re a big part of who we are, literally.

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New bill regulating carbon offset market could attract farmers


One farmer taking part in carbon capture programs is Kelly Garrett, a western Iowa farmer who runs a 7,000-acre farm. Some farmers are turning to carbon capture to make cash outside of traditional farming practices. A new Senate bill could help attract even more farmers to these programs. Traditionally, Garrett has farmed corn and soybeans, but he began incorporating carbon-sequestering processes for income last year.