On the Radio: Iowa’s scientists ask legislators to acknowledge climate change

A summer storm in Guthrie County, Iowa. Photo by FarmerFrederico, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the efforts of Iowa’s scientists in convincing legislators to acknowledge climate change.

Scientists across Iowa are calling on our legislators to acknowledge and address climate change.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Forty-four scientists from 28 colleges and universities sent a letter asking Iowa legislators to adopt strategies for Iowa. The letter draws heavily from the Climate Change Impacts on Iowa report, authored by scientists from Iowa’s public universities.

The letter cited the ways climate change has already impacted Iowa including an increase in extreme rainfall events, higher humidity and higher nighttime temperatures.

However, the largest impact cited in the letter is the increasing statewide flooding. In 2008, 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties were declared federal disaster areas because of the floods.

For more information on the letter, and a link to the Climate Change report, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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