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DES MOINES, Iowa – 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year on record at a time when some Iowa farmers still are dealing with extreme spring flooding and five years of falling income. A changing climate also fuels the pressure, but preventive measures are an option for many.

More than 500 miles of levees on three Midwestern rivers and other tributaries experienced significant flood damage this year. (iowafloodcenter.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa are fielding lots of questions about how they plan to address climate change. Climate scientists attribute the burning of fossil fuels to global warming, which in turn causes extreme weather events such as the spring fl

Charles City, Iowa's second livable community as defined by AARP, is home to a vintage movie house with nightly film screenings.(cinematreasures.org)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Charles City is working to become a "livable community" – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front will be showcased this Saturday when A

Some Iowa farmers say this was the first May in which they couldn't plant any crops because of an extremely wet and cold spring. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. is coming off the wettest 12 months on record, and Iowa farmers are being encouraged to boost conservation practices to help them adapt. Too much rain has kept many farmers out of their fields this spring, at a time when U.S. farm income already is projected to dr

Iowa's State Water Plan, which looked at supply, demand and protection of the state's water resources, has not been updated since 1985. (iowawatershedapproach.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans are being asked to use last month's catastrophic flooding as leverage to renew conversations about prevention and state water quality, since climate-change experts warn such incidents will become more frequent. Flooding in 2008 led state lawmakers to create the Iowa

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to undo rules that govern mercury and other toxic emissions, even while its own research shows the standards prevent 130,000 asthma attacks each year. (keckmedicine.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Exposure to mercury can negatively affect child development, including unborn children, and that's one reason critics are speaking up about an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to roll back regulations on mercury and other toxins. By the EPA's own estimate, the Mercury and

Flooded apartments along the Elkhorn River north of Columbus, Neb., after a

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds toured areas of western Iowa yesterday, where communities are struggling to recover from last week's "bomb cyclone" that caused massive flooding and raised rivers in 41 locations to new record levels, mainly in the Missouri Valley. The system brought rain

Opponents of a bill in the Iowa Legislature say it would make privately owned solar-power generation by homeowners, farmers and small businesses much less economically viable. (skeeze/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's largest investor-owned utility wants to make owners of private solar power systems pay more for generating their own electricity, while opponents warn that could cause Iowa to lose its standing as a leader in promoting renewables. House Study Bill 185 would add a ye

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