Letter to the editor: Corn kernels in hand, Johnson County Fair-goers expressed concerns about a livable future

The midway is cleared and still. The ice cream is gone. The barns and buildings are closed. It was another great year for the Johnson County Fair. And so it was for the ever popular annual Corn Poll of the People’s Coalition (Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, 100Grannies for a Livable Future, Veterans For Peace and PEACE Iowa) in Building B. This year’s fairgoers were questioned about their concerns for a livable future. […]

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Climate action grants now available for Iowa City community organizations

Iowa City community organizations can now apply for a climate action grant worth up to $5,000. The city council has allocated $25,000 for the grants, which will support local climate and sustainability actions performed by two or more community-based organizations working in partnership. […]

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Johnson County and Iowa City say they’ll honor the Paris Agreement

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Thursday, June 8 committing to honor the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change from which President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States. The City of Iowa City passed a similar resolution Tuesday, June 6. […]

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Going green: Iowa City Council takes steps to make city more environmentally-friendly

Iowa city council members discussed ways to make Iowa City greener — including moving forward with a climate action steering committee, making the city more bicycle friendly and making it easier to recycle — during a Tuesday meeting. […]

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Climate Change: A scientist helps separate facts from fiction

Of the 17 record-setting hottest years, 16 have occurred since 2000. This year, 2017, is expected to continue the trend—although it’s not expected to top 2016, which took the gold for hottest year on record. Despite this increasing urgency, 2016 marked another year of disconnect between science and politics. The current president of the United […]

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Letter to the Future: Paris Agreement hangs in the balance

By Alastair Bland Scientists have warned for decades that greenhouse gas emissions have put the earth on track for calamitous storms, floods, droughts and rising oceans. Last year, before the Paris climate summit, writers, scientists and artists were invited to write “Letters to the Future” predicting what success or failure in combating climate change might […]

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The Paris Agreement marks an unprecedented opportunity to quell the tide of climate change, and Iowans have a role to play

Power Plant, Climate Change

In the wake of the recently released World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the Status of Global Climate 2015 report, which warns that the world is warming faster than predicted, the Paris Agreement on climate change (the “Agreement”) — negotiated at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework […]

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UI alum makes waves at Paris climate talks

Forty-five thousand individual participants and 150 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, earlier this month in Paris. Among them was UI alum Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, a climate negotiator representing Chile as its Undersecretary of the Environment. “For a moment I felt that my presence at the COP21 was a culmination of […]

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On climate change: Jane Smiley writes a dystopian ‘letter to the future’


Scientists have warned for decades that greenhouse gas emissions have put the Earth on track for calamitous storms, floods, droughts and rising oceans. But the world’s governments have yet to sign a legally binding agreement to do what it takes to avert climate disaster. The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 could […]

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