October 20, 2014
This week’s On the Radio segment looks at highlights from the Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans, released Friday, October 10. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Transcript: Climate Statement 2
Climate change causes extreme weather, increased flooding and resulting water pollution, which is threatening the health of Iowans.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans, released in October, examined how repeated heavy rains and the resulting flooding have led to increased exposure to toxic chemicals and raw sewage, which can have negative effects on health for humans and animals.
The fourth annual statement was signed by 180 scientists and researchers from 38 colleges and universities across Iowa.
Heavy rains in agricultural areas causes phosphorus and nitrates to run off fields and into waterways. These polluted waterways coupled with increased water temperature have spurred algal blooms on still bodies of water during peak summer heats. These algal blooms make the water unsafe for human or animal consumption or recreation.
For more information about the Iowa Climate Statement 2014, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.