The “Wasting Our Waterways” report shows that industrial facilities dumped millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways across the nation.
A new report released by Environment Iowa shows that Iowa’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road, while saving nearly 3.8 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of over 158,000 people.
The Halloween-themed factsheet comes on the heels of the EPA’s announcement to move forward with a rulemaking to restore Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands across the country. The rule could close loopholes that leave nearly 62% of Iowa’s streams and the drinking water for more than 667,000 Iowans at risk of unchecked pollution.
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.
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.