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UI students attend global climate meeting

Four students and a faculty member will report from the COP 21 meeting in Paris
University of Iowa students and faculty are attending the global climate talks this month in Paris. Four students from three colleges and a faculty member in engineering will further their research and report on what they see and learn at the COP 21 meeting.
Oat hulls

Bravo to biomass

UI study shows using oat hulls for power has considerable benefits to the environment and human health
A new University of Iowa study, published in the journal “Fuel,” documents that biomass burning has positive environmental and public-health effects. Co-firing oat hulls with coal reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and heavy metals compared with burning coal alone.
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What do 'heat waves' and 'big freezes' have in common?

Iowa Climate Festival on April 26 includes climate talks, activities for children
Learn how climate change is affecting Iowa, as well as activities for children, at the Iowa Climate Festival Saturday, April 26, at the Museum of Natural History in Iowa City. The festival is part of a slew of activities on the University of Iowa campus to commemorate Earth Month.

Symposium addresses adapting to extreme weather in Iowa

December event will examine costs of climate change in the state
A symposium co-sponsored by the University of Iowa will examine the challenges and costs the state of Iowa faces in adapting to extreme weather. Speakers at the Dec. 11 event in Des Moines include scientists and the heads of the state departments of transportation, natural resources, agriculture, and other agencies.
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Hard rain

UI study of Midwest finds increase in heavy rainfalls over 60 years
Heavy rains have been more frequent across the upper Midwest, according to a study from the University of Iowa. The study spanned the last 60 years, up to 2010 and appears to hold true even with the current drought. Results appear in the “Journal of Climate.”
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The laws of global warming

How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change?
A University of Iowa law professor believes the legal ramifications of geo-engineering need to be thought through in advance and a global governance structure put in place soon to oversee these efforts.