Climate Change Impacts on Iowa, 2010, January 1, 2011

(2010) Climate Change Impacts on Iowa, 2010, January 1, 2011. Iowa Economic Development Authority


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Today, perhaps without their realization, Iowans are factoring climate change into their lives and activities. Current farming practices and flood mitigation efforts, for example, are reflecting warmer winters, longer growing seasons, warmer nights, higher dew-point temperatures, increased humidity, greater annual stream flows, and more frequent severe precipitation events (Fig. 1) than were prevalent during the past 50 years. Some of the effects of these changes (such as longer growing season) may be positive, while others (particularly the tendency for greater precipitation events that lead to flooding) are negative. Climate change embodies all of these results and many more in a complex manner. The Iowa legislature has been proactive in seeking advice about climate change and its impacts on our state. In 2007, Governor Culver and the Iowa General Assembly enacted Senate File 485 and House File 2571 to create the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council (ICCAC). ICCAC members reported an emissions inventory and a forecast for Iowa’s greenhouse gases (GHGs), policy options for reducing Iowa’s GHG, and two scenarios charting GHG reductions of 50% and 90% by 2050 from a baseline of 2005. Following issuance of the final report in December 2008, the General Assembly enacted a new bill in 2009 (Sec. 27, Section 473.7, Code 2009 amended) that set in motion a review of climate change impacts and policies in Iowa. This report is the result of that 2009 bill. It continues the dialogue between Iowa’s stakeholders, scientific community, and the state legislature that was begun with these earlier reports.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Climate, energy, Iowa, Agricultural
Subjects: Agriculture and food production
Natural resources and environment > Ecology
Natural resources and environment > Ecology > Types of environments
Natural resources and environment > Energy resources
ID Code: 14167
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2013 18:09
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2013 18:09