Maxwell Bernstein | April 7, 2021
Climate change will increase the damage from drought, flooding, air pollution, and toxic algae in the Midwest and also, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that the number of storms causing $1 billion or more are increasing Peter Thorne, the head of the University of Iowa’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, said in an interview with the Iowa Capital Dispatch.
As the climate changes, Iowans’ health will be affected. Iowans with hay fever will have their symptoms increase and pests such as the Lone star tick will become more common in Iowa, which can increase the spread of tick-borne diseases.
When disasters increase, the toll of climate change will be the greatest on children, older adults, communities of color, and low-income communities, according to the American Public Health Association. “We must focus more specifically on equity issues, and what it means to involve communities that have been historically marginalized in this planning process,” Sylvia Secchi, associate professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Geographical and Sustainable Sciences said in an interview with the Iowa Capital Dispatch.