It Is Unequivocal That Human Influence Has Warmed The Atmosphere, Ocean and Land

Andy Johnson, Executive Director

So reads the first Headline Statement from the most recent, definitive, and ominous IPCC report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.

More: “Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe.” These include “heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and tropical cyclones”, the changes are accelerating, and “many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for centuries to millennia”. Browse the report, or summaries from World Resources InstituteThe ConversationThe Atlantic, or your favorite media.

And so … we can become demoralized, or put our shoulder to the wheel of change and push ever harder. Light bulbs (and all energy efficiency) matter, as Joel emphasizes in a recent KWWL interview: sign up for our Green Iowa AmeriCorp’s “First Step” today. Winneshiek County has 10x the Iowa and Midwest level of locally-owned solar: start your solar journey today. Iowa leads the nation in renewable energy use, yet anti-renewables headwinds are growing: tell your elected officials that energy efficiency and renewable energy at all scales are top priority, and ask for their commitment.

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