Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ripple effect

Loss of forests leads to poorer water quality in Iowa

Des Moines Register

Des Moines Register

Iowa's thirst for new farmland driven by high prices for corn and soybeans in 2012 has resulted in the loss of 97,000 acres of woodlands in just five years, a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service shows. It's the first time in nearly 40 years that the state has seen a net loss of forested land, a disturbing development that experts fear is contributing to Iowa's problems with farm runoff and poor water quality.

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Experts: Mediation key to resolving the water woes

UNLV News

Few issues in the world are bigger than the crisis of water resources. At University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law, two scholars, women with very different resumes but a world of experience, are perhaps uniquely positioned to confront the issues that are affecting billions all over the world.

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Energy firms spend big to fight Colo. initiatives

Reuters

Energy companies in Colorado are spending millions of dollars to derail a push by environmentalists to put measures on November's ballot that would stifle oil and gas drilling in the state, according to a Reuters review of campaign finance records. Environmental groups are gathering signatures for two statewide initiatives that would transfer regulatory control of oil and gas development to local governments and create more stringent setback requirements.

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