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CLIMATE CHANGE: Iowans Can Expect More Drought

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Most of us aren’t complaining about the warm holiday forecast, but the unseasonable temperatures have some scientists concerned.  Researchers from across the state say Iowans can expect more extreme weather like the 2012 drought thanks to changes in the climate caused by greenhouse gases.

In their recently released, revised climate statement the researchers say there is evidence from the past 30-years that shows we can expect more extreme weather.

“In a warmer climate, wet years get wetter and dry years get dryer.  And dry years get hotter, that is precisely what happened in Iowa this year, “said Chris Anderson, Research Assistant Professor, Climate Science Program at Iowa State University. 

Greenhouse gases are the major culprit behind our climate change, but instead of placing blame, scientists suggest we make changes, like investing in wind and solar energy.

“We can transition our economy from one based on fossil fuels to one that’s based on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.  Thus, creating jobs and economic development for the future of Iowa.” said Jerry Schnoor, Co-Director, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa.

Scientists also suggest that we begin planning for future weather patterns to reduce economic costs due to climate change by moving power lines underground and making small changes when it comes to consumption.