Josie Taylor | August 16, 2021
The UN climate report, previously posted on this blog, addresses the risk climate change poses on the world. Moving forward, what does this mean for Iowa? The climate crisis puts Iowa at a higher risk for intense rainfall and flooding. The warmer air will also result in occasional severe droughts, like Iowa has seen this summer.
Jerry Schnoor, professor at the University of Iowa, said in an op ed with the Des Moines Register that Iowa has decreased greenhouse gas emissions by five percent in the last 10 years. In order to reach climate stability in the future, Iowa needs to decrease emissions by 50 percent in the following 10 years, and down to net zero in 30 years.
Jerry also says the climate disasters happening around the world can no longer be called “natural disasters” because “the human element is so strong.”
Decreasing use of coal, like Iowa is currently doing is a helpful tactic for reducing emissions. Right now, the majority of Iowa energy comes from wind, but in order to continue the decrease of emissions, solar energy needs to implemented at a much higher rate.
Taking action against climate change may seem difficult or expensive, but in the long run it will create jobs, stability and will create better health for everyone. The money and resources needed for Iowa to lower greenhouse gas emissions are worth it.