How Iowa Scientists Are Fighting To Get Climate Change On The Political Radar

Posted by Mike Confino, October 31, 2014

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A little less than three weeks ago, over 180 Iowa scientists sent a clear message to their state’s leaders: climate change is here, is impacting Iowans and needs to be taken seriously.

The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans was the fourth iteration of an annual effort by the Iowans who actually study climate change to raise awareness among their fellow residents, their state lawmakers and their national representatives.

Each year’s statement has drilled down on a different aspect of climate change. In 2014, the scientists chose to highlight the threats to public health: more cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as heat exacerbates air pollution, more exposure to molds from floods, more toxic algae blooms in lakes and waterways, more diseases like Dengue Fever and Ehrlichiosis as higher temperatures expand the ranges of mosquitoes and ticks, more asthma from ragweed pollen, and so on.

via How Iowa Scientists Are Fighting To Get Climate Change On The Political Radar | ThinkProgress.

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