On the Radio: Iowa Climate Statement 2013

Photo by Joe Bolkcom
Photo by Joe Bolkcom

This week’s On the Radio segment covers the Iowa Climate Statement 2013:  A Rising Challenge to Iowa Agriculture. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

Our state has long held a proud tradition of helping to “feed the world.” Our ability to do so is now increasingly threatened by adverse weather conditions.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa Climate Statement 2013: A Rising Challenge to Iowa Agriculture was released last month by 155 science faculty and research staff from 36 Iowa colleges and universities.

While Iowa farmers are already rising to the challenge, recent findings show that climate change is real and having an impact on Iowa agriculture and on our natural resources.

Globally, over the past 30 years extreme high temperatures are becoming increasingly more common than extreme low temperatures. In a warming climate, wet years get wetter and dry years get dryer and hotter.

The climate likely will continue to warm due to increasing emissions of heat‐trapping gases.

Climate  change damages agriculture in additional ways. Intense rain events dramatically increase soil erosion.

Iowa’s soils and agriculture remain our most important economic resources, but these resources are threatened by climate change.

To learn more about climate change, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

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

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