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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - IA: Environment

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are hearing from Native American leaders and Iowa farmers as they march through Story, Boone and Webster counties ahead of an Iowa Supreme Court hearing next week. (boldiowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa – This is the fourth day of a weeklong march across Iowa to raise awareness about a lawsuit headed to the Iowa Supreme Court next week over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Iowa Sierra Club and nine landowners initiated the lawsuit. It alleges the Iowa Utilities Board illegal

Amidst tariff talks, Iowa hosted the nation's largest outdoor farm equipment show this week. (Josh Flint/Farm Progress Show)

BOONE, Iowa – Farmers want to get as much out of the soil as they put into it, and many say the use of cover crops is helping them. Paul Ackley is sharing his story this week with other farmers at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, specifically how to integrate cattle and sheep into a cover-cr

By one estimate, Iowa cover-crop acres increased by 22 percent in 2017 to 760,000 total acres. But the rate of growth was 10 percent lower than in 2016. (earthtimes.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — For generations, Iowa's topsoil has been called "black gold." And many farmers are working to keep it that way by renewing their focus on soil health. Iowa consistently finishes first or second in the country in the production of corn, oats and soybeans. By protecting tops

Iowa farmer Danelle Myer started her One Farm on a half-acre in 2011 to grow tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, beets and other vegetables. (Danelle Myer)

LOGAN, Iowa – Iowa vegetable farmer Danelle Myer admits she was both a bit headstrong and starry-eyed when she started farming in Harrison County, and that's why she's eager to share lessons learned from her seven-year undertaking. Myer is participating in the Whole Farm Financial Project th

Extreme weather, from severe tornadoes to flash-flooding rains to extreme heat and drought, has hit Iowa and other Midwestern states this summer, and experts predict it's here to stay. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hotter temperatures, more rainfall, higher humidity and greater weather extremes are what's ahead for Iowa, according to new climate projections available from the Climate Science Special Report. The data was gathered for the fourth annual National Climate Assessment. Gene

The cost of gasoline in Iowa averages $2.79 per gallon this summer, which is 53 cents higher than one year ago. (registration.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Environmental Protection Agency, a new acting administrator takes over for Scott Pruitt today. But big regulatory rollbacks that Pruitt set in motion - including vehicle mileage standards - are still a major concern for environmental groups and others. The Obama-era

The quest for energy efficiency employs approximately 2 million Americans. (Nick Youngson/Alpha Stock Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's investor-owned utilities have until Monday to submit five-year energy-efficiency plans to be approved by the Iowa Utilities Board no later than March of next year. The plans are necessary after Iowa lawmakers approved legislation to limit how much utilities can spen

The population of America's most well-known butterfly has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years. (Pixabay:leoleobobeo)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wildlife officials say the king of butterflies could go the way of the passenger pigeon unless people step in and plant more of the monarch caterpillars' only food source, milkweed. The monarch butterfly population has crashed, according to Naomi Edelson, senior director o

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