Thursday morning read: Increasing humidity concerns scientists, Homebrew Festival preparations underway, no more tuition raises planned

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Scientists say increasing humidity in Iowa is a cause for concern - The state’s signature summer humidity is no longer just an annoyance, it’s now a costly reminder that climate change needs to be addressed, a group of Iowa scientists said Wednesday.

“The increasing cost for flooding, mold, insects, mosquitoes, humidity-related health issues, grain drying, air conditioning, erosion, etc., are evidence that climate change in humidity already is having a negative impact on both public and private checkbooks,” said Gene Takle, one of the architects of the 7th annual Iowa Climate Statement. Read more...

Preparations underway for annual Homebrew Festival - When fall hits and high school teacher Mark Jensen has a hard day at work, he comes home, picks a hops cone growing on a 16-foot trellis in his backyard and inhales its citrusy scent.

“What makes me happy? Coming home in early fall and crushing a hops cone in my hand — I’m better,” he said. Read more...

Cedar Rapids goes solar - Residents along Glass Road NE watched last week as a new two-row solar array went up across the street in the grassy field neighbors used to play ball, runaround and cross-country ski in the winter.

The city had acquired the 2.9-acre property adjacent to its nearby water tower in April from Alliant Energy, and neighbors wondered if housing or apartment buildings were being planned. When they saw solar panels, it was a relief. Read more...

More tuition raises unlikely for this year - Even if Iowa lawmakers reconvene this fall to deal with worsening 2017 budget projections and increase cuts for state departments and programs — like the Board of Regents — board President Mike Richards said he’s not inclined to consider midyear tuition hikes.

“Our goal, and my personal goal, is to have one tuition adjustment increase this year,” Richards said. “I don’t intend to go back several times.” Read more...

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