Iowa’s climate experts discuss climate change


East Indian Creek in Story County dried up because of this year’s drought. Photo by cwwycoff1, Flickr.

The Gazette has released an article where experts around the state address climate change and its affects on Iowa.

The experts include Iowa State University professor, and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, Eugene Takle. According to Takle, both this year’s drought and the recent wet years Iowa has experienced are consistent with climate change. This is because climate change causes an increase in extreme weather events.

Other speakers in the article include ISU’s Christopher Anderson and Elywynn Taylor, state climatologist Harry Hillaker and state senator Rob Hogg.

Read the story here.

Jerry Schnoor advises EPA on future


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University of Iowa professor and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) co-director Jerry Schnoor has helped create a report advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The “Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead” report from the National Research Council calls on the EPA to become younger, smarter and more engaged in society.

Read more about the report here.

CGRER co-director writes climate change column


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The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research’s co-director Jerry Schnoor has released a column on climate change.

In the article, Schnoor discusses how trends in record temperatures can indicate climate change. The United States has seen about two record highs for every record low over the last few years. This ratio is expected to increase to 20:1 by mid-century due to climate change.

Schnoor also states that events like this summer’s drought will occur more frequently because of greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere.

Read Schnoor’s column in the Des Moines Register here.

UI professor hopes to foster sustainability education


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University of Iowa professor, and Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, Craig Just participated in a small forum aimed at developing a booklet on sustainability education.

This booklet will soon be available on a website Just is creating. He hopes the booklet will help facilitate more constructive conversations about sustainability.

The forum and booklet were funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Read the full article here.

UI’s Greg Carmichael co-authors column on climate change


Storm in Ankeny, IA. Photo by ahhyeah, Flickr.

Greg Carmichael (Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research) and Donald Wuebbles (Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois) have co-authored a new column on climate change.

Specifically, this column discusses how there is a strong probability that extreme weather events – including ones seen this year – are linked to climate change.

The column concludes with a series of tips for reducing humans’ impact on climate, including an increased focus on renewable energy and fuel-efficient transportation.

Read the full column here.

Takle discusses farming and climate change with IPR


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Earlier this month, Iowa State University Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle discussed the relationship between climate change and farming with Iowa Public Radio.

Takle, who is also a Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research member, covered both how climate change has altered farming practices, and how farming has impacted the climate.

Listen to the brief interview with Takle here.

UI engineers use wetlands to purify water


Constructed westland. Photo by Sustainable sanitation, Flickr.

The University of Iowa’s alumni magazine features an in-depth look at how UI engineers are using wetlands to purify contaminated bodies of water.

In addition to purifying water, these wetlands save energy costs and help restore the wetland habitat that has been greatly reduced by human development.

The article partially focuses on the work of CGRER’s co-director Jerry Schnoor, and CGRER member Louis Licht.

Find the article here, beginning on page 26.