On the Radio: Iowa scientists release new climate statement

Photo by  illinoisfarmbureau, Flickr.
Photo by illinoisfarmbureau, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This weeks episode discusses the recently released Iowa Climate Statement.

This year’s Iowa Climate Statement lets Iowans know that this year’s drought wasn’t a fluke.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

One hundred and thirty-eight science faculty and research staff from 27 Iowa colleges and universities signed this year’s Iowa Climate Statement. The statement contends that Iowa can expect more extremes in precipitation – including both floods and droughts – because of climate change.

The statement explains that globally over the past 30 years, there have been disproportionately more extreme high temperatures than extreme low temperatures. With this warmer climate, wet years get wetter and dry years get dryer, which can result in floods and droughts.

Iowans are already adapting to climate change, and can do more by increasing energy efficiency, and using more renewable energy, both of which reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the full Iowa Climate Statement at IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

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

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