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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - IA: Climate Change/Air Quality

More than a quarter of the state of Iowa is experiencing abnormal dryness, more than double the area earlier this month. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa - At the beginning of June, about 14 percent of the state of Iowa was experiencing abnormal dryness. The latest findings from the Drought Mitigation Center show that percentage has nearly doubled since then, with the southeast corner of the state being the driest. Dr. Deborah Ba

The multi-religious group Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is bringing together farmers, religious leaders and climate change experts to work on finding solutions (IowaIPL.org)

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- Climate change and the conversation about solutions to it are being taken up by people of faith in Iowa, especially farmers, who are hit particularly hard by floods, droughts and other climate events. "All major faith traditions have something to say about caring for the Earth,

Report calls for updated local regulations for wind-energy development. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa already generating 31 percent of its power from wind, more per capita than any other state, a new report suggests regulations at the local level are needed to protect the interests of landowners and communities. While the clean, renewable energy and economic opportunit

According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process of permitting new wind energy projects could be streamlined with a single source of approval. Credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and

A pair of reports suggest that the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will mean lower electricity bills for Iowa families. Credit: Kameleon007.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for Iowa consumers. One report that looks at the economics of the Clean Power Plan is from Synapse Energy

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against

PHOTO: The wind energy industry employs around 6,000 Iowans, and electricity rates in the state are lower than the national average, according to a new report. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The move to more renewable sources of energy is proving to be a breeze locally, with a new study showing that Iowa leads the nation for wind power. Mike Prior is executive director of Iowa Wind Energy Association, which issued the report. He says more than 28 percent of th

PHOTO: Last week marked the 100th day of the 114th Congress, and it came with a briefing by conservation and environmental groups that said America's lands, water and wildlife are in peril from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the 114th Congress moves toward its 114th day, a briefing from conservation and environmental groups is giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues a failing grade thus far on lands, water, wildlife and climate action. Debbie Neustadt, an executive committ

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