Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Midwest Row Crop Agriculture

Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Midwest Row Crop Agriculture

I have done quite a bit of research on climate change and its impacts on Iowa agriculture in the past couple of weeks. This post is to summarize what I have learned, discovered, and still have questions about. The information sources I used were unanimous in a few things, including the fact that our climate naturally changes over time, humans (urban and rural) are speeding up the climate change process, and the effects that climate change will have on our beloved Earth are detrimental. According to the National Academy of Sciences, “it is unequivocal that the climate is changing, and it is very likely that this is prominently caused by increased human interferences with the atmosphere. These changes will transform the environmental conditions on Earth unless counter-measures are taken. Our present energy course is not sustainable.” Scientists have identified the culprit as emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxides (N2O), methane (CH4), and other “greenhouse gases” that build up in the atmosphere,...
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Iowa Environmental Council Conference 2014

In October, myself and Erv, one of our board members, attended the Iowa Environmental Council Annual Conference at Drake University. The theme of the day was Engage in your Future: Creating a Healthier, Sustainable Tomorrow. The overall theme that I felt they were portraying was the idea of a world of education about climate change. Throughout the day, the presented facts that backed up climate change, how and why it was happening, and what we as environmentally responsible citizens can do about it. Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of Yale Project on Climate Change Communication was the keynote speaker of the morning. He made it clear-cut in my mind when he said "climate change..it is here, it is now, and its our fault. He talked about his research on understanding what United States citizens understood and thought about climate change. The general consensus was that the majority Americans believe that climate change is a real thing affecting our world. The problem with what...
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