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Letter to the editor: We can’t afford to ignore the looming climate catastrophe

As my husband and I wait, watch and hope our garden and late summer beans, squash and raspberries will survive and mature despite Iowa’s unprecedented rains, the latest IPCC report has been released. As Floridians await Hurricane Michael’s devastation and the people in North and South Carolina struggle to recover from Florence, we learn the world will quickly pass 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming and will rapidly rise to unlivable dimensions. […]

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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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Letter to the Future: Paris Agreement hangs in the balance

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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