Since 2011, researchers and educators at nearly every college and university in Iowa have produced annual statements to communicate in plain language the state of climate science and the impacts of climate change on Iowans. This process has been open to all of our state’s academic climate experts to ensure that our statements are factual. Climate change has been measured, and the integrity of the measurements has been accepted through review by thousands of scientists worldwide.
Authors of the “Iowa Climate Statement 2016: The Multiple Benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture” discuss the benefits of adopting proven soil conservation practices.
Authors of the “Iowa Climate Statement 2015: Time for Action” presented their findings and called for presidential hopefuls to address climate change while on the campaign trail.
Iowa Climate Statement 2015: Time for Action – Re-release: October 9, 2015
The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans examines public health risks associated with climate change.
The Iowa Climate Statement 2013: A Rising Challenge to Iowa Agriculture was signed by 155 science faculty and research staff from 36 Iowa colleges and universities. “The strong support for the statement represents the growing consensus among Iowa science faculty and research staff that action is needed now to reduce heat trapping gases and implement both adaptation and mitigation strategies,” stated Dave Courard-Hauri, Chair, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Drake University.
The Iowa Climate Statement: The Drought of 2012 was signed by one hundred and thirty-eight science faculty and research staff from 27 Iowa colleges and universities. The statement focused on the prospects for future Iowa extreme weather events like the 2012 drought and the extreme flooding that preceded it.
Scientists from across Iowa issued a statement re‐affirming that climate change is real and urging candidates to acknowledge the science of climate change and present appropriate policy responses.