EHSRC Action on Climate Change and Health
For info about the 2023 Iowa Climate Statement click here
The Nexus Collaboratory on Climate Change and Health
Several EHSRC investigators are members of a newly established Nexus Collaboratory on Climate Change and Health at the University of Iowa.
- Peter Thorne
- Kelly Baker
- Brandi Janssen
- Jong Sung Kim
- Patrick O’Shaughnessy
- Matt Nonnenmann
- Hans-Joachim Lehmler
- Diane Rohlman
- Tom Peters
- Robert Wallace
- Alejandro Comellas
- Robert Blount
- Jacob Simmering
- David Stoltz
- Michael Welsh
- Jerold Schnoor
- Charles Stanier
The overarching goal of this collaboratory is to assemble multidisciplinary teams of climate scientists and public health experts to develop innovative and transformative proposals that will attract new funding for research that addresses the nexus between climate change and public health with a focus on climate challenges in the heartland.
Iowa Climate Podcast and Curriculum
The EHSRC Community Engagement Core is proud to present the Iowa Climate Podcast and teaching curriculum! In this podcast we talk about the changing climate in our state and the people who are making a different through research, activism, and community building. Season 1 is called the Changemakers season! Listen now for free on soundcloud !
This series is produced by CEC Program Coordinator, Jackie Curnick.
Iowa Climate Statement
In the last three decades Iowa weather has become more extreme in many ways: annual rainfall has increased, seasonal rainfall at critical times for agriculture have increased, humidity has increased in all seasons, summer maximum temperatures have decreased, winter temperatures have increased, summer nighttime temperatures have increased, and the list goes on. Climate change is creating negative impacts on Iowa’s economy and communities.
For over a decade hundreds of researchers and educators at nearly every college and university in Iowa have endorsed their support for an increased understanding of climate change in Iowa. Since 2011, a small group of Iowa’s top climate experts has annually authored a brief statement to communicate in plain language how climate change is currently or will impact Iowans in the future.
These Iowa Climate Statements rely on data and measurements that have been accepted through review by thousands of scientists worldwide. The Iowa Climate Statement has addressed climate impacts on agriculture, severe weather, public health, flooding, drought, heat, humidity, and electric grid reliability.
Iowa Climate Assessment
Drawing heavily on the collaborations and success in compiling the Iowa Climate Statement, a core team of Iowa climate researchers is now launching a project to create a more comprehensive Iowa Climate Assessment. This first-of-a-kind assessment will summarize the state of climate change in Iowa from 1893 to the present and will provide projections of scientific consensus of future Iowa climate scenarios for the middle and end of the 21st century.
An authoring team of primarily Iowa scientists will document the impacts of climate change that currently are being observed and that are projected for the 21st century in areas of water resources, agriculture, natural resources, human health and others.
Climate Change Training Grant
A new NIH-funded grant will offer University of Iowa trainees the opportunity to conduct research in the intersection of climate change and lung health. EHSRC member(s) David Stoltz, MD, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Health in the Carver College of Medicine, will serve as co-PI on this new T32 grant with Peter Thorne, PhD, professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health and a University of Iowa Distinguished Chair.