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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate

Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.

News Release | Environment Iowa

New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for Iowa; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Wind energy is on the rise in Iowa and providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment Iowa. 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.

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Report | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

Environment Iowa's Frightening Facts about Iowa's Waters

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.

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News Release | Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center

The Des Moines River, Haunted by Toxic Discharge and Manure

Today on the shores of The Des Moines River, Environment Iowa held an event to release “Ten Scary Facts about Iowa’s Waterways,” a new factsheet which compiles 10 of the most frightening realities about pollution in the area's most iconic waterway. The group was joined by Craig Cox, Senior Vice President with the Environmental Working Group and Tayler Chicoine, leader of Iowater at Grinnell College.

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Report | Environment Iowa Research & Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

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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