Source: Iowa State University

Iowans are seeing increases in precipitation and temperature, a longer and warmer growing season, better conditions for the survival and spread of agricultural pests and the economic consequences of a changing climate, according to a report authored by researchers at Iowa's three regent universities.

"Climate change is already affecting the way Iowans live and work," says the study by the Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee. "Without action to mitigate these affects, our future responses will become more complex and costly."

Legislation approved in April 2009 asked the committee to study the effects of climate change on Iowa. That study was conducted by representatives of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa and coordinated by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. The study was sent to Gov. Chet Culver and the Iowa General Assembly on Monday. The full report is here

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