“Corn Sweat” Compounds Humidity in Sweltering Midwest States

“Corn Sweat” Compounds Humidity in Sweltering Midwest States

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer This past weekend’s weather was hot in Iowa and Illinois. But it likely felt even hotter, due to “another episode of corn-catalyzed extreme humidity,” Matthew Cappucci reported in The Washington Post. “Corn sweat,” or the water released into the atmosphere by crops like corn as a cooling mechanism, helped […]

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One Political Thing: IA Caucuses to NH Primaries and the Climate Anxiety in Between

One Political Thing: IA Caucuses to NH Primaries and the Climate Anxiety in Between

As we move on (to put it one way) from the Iowa Caucuses into the New Hampshire primaries, climate change is still a major political issue for voters in both states. In Iowa, the positions of the candidates on climate change mattered most to more than one in five caucus-goers when choosing who to support, coming […]

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The Iowa Caucuses: Confusion, Frustration, and No Clear Winner

The Iowa Caucuses: Confusion, Frustration, and No Clear Winner

If you stayed up late in hopes of seeing who would be declared the winner in the Iowas caucuses, we’re yawning with you in solidarity. As of early this morning, there’s no clear winner and no clear indication about how big of a factor climate change had played in the electoral event. The Washington Post […]

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One 2020 Thing: Climate Politics and the Iowa Caucus 

One 2020 Thing: Climate Politics and the Iowa Caucus 

The Iowa Caucuses are on Monday and will be the first real contest of the 2020 presidential race. For the first time, climate change is a top-tier issue that Iowans are concerned with due to last year’s catastrophic flooding. While polls show a very tight race, for the more moderate candidates like Vice President Joe […]

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As Caucuses Approach, Iowa Dems Focused On Climate Change

As Caucuses Approach, Iowa Dems Focused On Climate Change

The Hill reported yesterday, citing polling data and interviews with state Democratic leaders, that climate change has been widely discussed throughout the state with all the candidates in the run-up to the caucuses next week — it is a top tier issue because last year’s historic flooding has taken an estimated $2 billion toll on the state’s farmers and communities and because of the Trump Administration’s policies on biofuels. 

Why This Matters:  An overwhelming majority Iowans are convinced that climate change is real and they consider it one of the top issues facing our country — second only to health care.

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Farm State Voters Want Candidates to Talk Conservation

Farm State Voters Want Candidates to Talk Conservation

Farm state voters in swing states like Minnesota see extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, as a significant threat to farming. According to a new poll conducted by Iowa-based RABA Research on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a majority of these voters say they would be more likely to back a 2020 […]

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