The Obama administration says it's creating seven regional hubs, including one in Iowa, to help coordinate and distribute information about dealing with the effects of climate change.
Based at existing Agriculture Department facilities, the hubs aim to help farmers and rural communities fight climate change and adapt to weather changes. The hubs will assess local climate risks, such as drought and wildfire, then develop plans for dealing with them, such as improved irrigation techniques.
President Obama announced plans to create the hubs in a climate change speech last year. The White House is promoting them as an example of action Obama is taking despite opposition in Congress to climate change legislation.
In addition to Iowa, hubs would be in Oregon, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
On Tuesday, the Nebraska Legislature considered a bill to study the human impact on climate change. "Scientists say you can't explain the change in climate without including humans," said Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm.
The bill would also study the impacts of other elements like volcanoes and sun cycles and it would solely be the University of Nebraska that would do the research.
Sen. Haar said if the measure is approved, he hopes to have a final analysis of the human impact on climate change by the end of 2014. He said Nebraska has many climatologists and the National Drought Mitigation Center is located at UNL, which is why he thinks UNL needs to take the imitative on this issue.