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Climate Change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. This includes major changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, or other effects that occur several decades or longer.
Iowa is already experiencing the effects of climate change. The Iowa Climate Change Impacts Committee's Report to the Governor and the Iowa General Assembly highlights the effects listed below. The Committee was established in 2009 by Iowa Code section 473.7 and was tasked with reviewing climate change impacts and policies for Iowa. The Committee is no longer active. EPA also identifies
climate changes specific to the Midwest.
Each year the Iowa DNR estimates greenhouse emissions in Iowa from sources such as agriculture, electricity production, fossil fuel combustion, industrial processes, transportation, and waste.
Greenhouse gas emissions data is available for 1990, 2000, and 2005-2013. The largest industrial emitters of greenhouse gas emissions are also required to report their greenhouse gas emissions to thefederal Greenhouse Gas Reporting program.
Established by Iowa Code section 455B.851 in 2007, the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council was responsible for providing policy options for reducing statewide greenhouse gases, while also considering the cost-effectiveness of different scenarios. As part of the 2010 State Government Reorganization (Senate File 2088), the Council was discontinued on July 1, 2011.
The Council's final report was finished December 23, 2008 and presents two scenarios designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and 90% from a 2005 baseline by the year 2050.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a suite of
Carbon Pollution Standards in August 2015. The DNR is currently listening to stakeholders to determine the best way to comply with the standards. For more information, please contact Marnie.Stein@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-9555.