While much of Iowa is still suffering from this summer’s drought, which left Iowa’s farmers with $1 billion in crop damages, a new Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.
Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa and coauthored by the Frontier Group. Iowa ranks 15th in the nation for this kind of dumping. The report -- Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act -- also discloses that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.
Des Moines, IA—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Iowa report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, every Iowa county has been hit by at least one federally declared weather-related disaster since 2006. 2011’s Missouri River flooding, which caused an estimated $200 million in crop losses in western Iowa alone, was one of the extreme weather events highlighted in the report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a historic clean air standard to cut deadly smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the eastern half of the country. EPA estimates that the rule will save as many as 34,000 lives in 2014.