What Iowans can do to prepare for climate change

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Focusing on farming, soil management, and wind energy, this piece by the Des Moines Register goes into three things that Iowans can do to better prepare for, and reduce the impact of climate change.

Mosquitoes and Climate Change

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According to Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean for global health at Des Moines University, every increase in temperature by one degree can increase the mosquito population by almost eight- to 10-fold. Continue reading

On the Radio: Nutrient Management Research

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers research happening at the University of Iowa that looks into contaminant behaviors throughout watersheds. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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White House Releases National Climate Assessment

A new assessment of US climate change shows how often each state has been affected by weather and climate events over the past 32 years that have resulted in more than $1 billion in damages. Iowa, which has struggled with flooding and tornadoes in recent years, has been hit with up to 25 events since 1980.

Head over to the National Climate Data Center’s website to view or download an overview of the assessment.

On the Radio: Freshwater Clam Research

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers research being done at the University of Iowa that looks into the relationship between freshwater clams and excess nitrogen in rivers. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Climate change forum focuses on Iowa businesses’ contributions

Environmentally friendly actions are gaining ground with Iowa businesses, said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie during a recent climate change forum.

Examples range from alternative energy utilization, to change in building design.

The cost for sustainable, green solutions is lower than ever, with rapidly expanding opportunities for return on investment, Cownie stated.

To read more about the forum and actions Iowans are taking, head over to the Des Moines Register.