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Extreme heat and cold, powerful storms, and resulting floods will continue to impact Iowans—especially our most vulnerable citizens—in the coming years. 

Climate change has a major impact on overall health and wellbeing, and quality of life. Air quality related to extreme weather events increases risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma and respiratory illness; increased rainfall leads to runoff that has contributed to the closure of Iowa beaches steadily since 2014; extreme heat increases risk of heat stroke deterring outdoor recreation; unpredictable weather has been shown to increase mental health and stress-related issues for many people; and wild weather swings disproportionately impact vulnerable populations including the very young, the elderly and socially isolated individuals.