How Iowans adjust to climate change


2012 derecho; Photo by Meridith112, Flickr.
2012 derecho;
Photo by Meridith112, Flickr.

KWWL’s Special Assignment Report this week was focused on Iowa’s changing climate.

Between 2012’s drought and severe storms like those that rolled through the area on Sunday, Iowa is in the midst of change.

Jerry Schnoor, co-director of CGRER, says Iowa can expect to be warmer and wetter in the coming years.

While cities and farmers alike are adapting to increased flood risks, people everywhere need to think about sustainability in every aspect.

Mainly, citizens need to start reducing their dependence on fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gases found in the atmosphere to truly adapt to our changing climate.

To watch the segment and read the story, head to KWWL. 

Two-thirds of Iowa farmers believe in climate change


Greenpeace and the Iowa Farmers Union created this windmill crop circle in 2007. Photo by B.G. Johnson

A recent survey found that more than two-thirds of Iowa farmers believe in climate change. This information was collected from the Iowa State University Extension Farm and Rural Life poll.

This is similar to the percentage of the general population who believes in climate change.

The same poll found that only 10 percent of farmers believe that climate change is mainly caused by human activity, which goes against the typical beliefs held by the scientific community.

The farmers who did view human activity as responsible for climate change showed greater concern for how climate change affects agriculture.

More information about the poll is available via Harvest Public Media.

On the Radio: Growing Iowa’s energy independence


Photo from Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance via Wikimedia Commons

Listen to this week’s radio clip. It details the efforts of Iowa farmers to reduce electricity use across the state.

These days, crops aren’t all that Iowa’s farmers are growing. They’re making Iowa more energy independent too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

This year, more than 400 Iowans have netted loans and grants, through the Rural Energy for America Program, for projects that will save and generate energy for farmers and businesses.

The projects include those geared toward wind energy production or updating or replacing outdated equipment to reduce electricity use.

One Black Hawk County farmer will install a 20 kilowatt wind turbine to power his farming operation. Another farmer in Monona will install energy-saving robotic equipment for milking.

It’s these efforts that will ensure Iowans a greener future.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

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

Thank You.