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Every Single Iowa County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

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.

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Report | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

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Wasting Our Waterways 2012: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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News Release | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

6.2 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Iowa’s Waterways

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.

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News Release | Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center

Every Iowa County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

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.

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