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Energy & Environment

Trending issues such as wind energy, distribution of clean energy, incentives, recycling, composite services and water quality. How can we balance the ideal state with practical needs?

Researcher: Tweaking farming practices could have big water quality impact

CEDAR RAPIDS - Ending two farming practices would reduce harmful nitrates in Iowa's rivers and streams by 10 to 20 percent in just one year, predicted... READ MORE

Climate change affecting Iowans now

CEDAR RAPIDS - While the topic of climate change continues to be debated across the nation, scientists at an Iowa Ideas panel Thursday discussed how t... READ MORE

An unclear path for outdoor recreation in Iowa

ELKADER - A 15-foot tall wall of limestone topped by a tree canopy looms on the opposite bank of the Turkey River as one by one 27 kayaks dip into the... READ MORE

Iowa's status as a renewable energy leader: How we got here, and what's next

Chapters: How we got here | Connecting to the grid | Benefits | Challenges... READ MORE

Gretchen Bakke, anthropologist and electrical grid expert, to keynote energy & environment track

Gretchen Bakke, cultural anthropologist and author of "The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future," will keynote the Iowa Ide... READ MORE

Symposium recap: Water management, solar power and ideas for advancing environmentalism

Topics of discussion included solar power and water management at Iowa Ideas' energy and environment symposium in Cedar Rapids.... READ MORE

Cleaning up Iowa's beaches

You've packed a cooler, donned swim gear and slathered on sunscreen in preparation to hit an Iowa beach on a beautiful summer day.... READ MORE

Sioux City recap: Innovations and solutions for agriculture, energy and environment discussed

Exciting. Pioneering. Interconnected. But also challenged. Conflicted. And in transition.... READ MORE

Can voluntary conservation efforts work?

With barely perceptible progress in Iowa's effort to reduce nutrient pollution in surface waters, the state's voluntary approach to private lands cons... READ MORE

What's next for renewable energy in Iowa?

Iowa is on the road to a greener future.... READ MORE

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