Small Midwestern States To Be Hit Hardest By Climate Change: Report

  • metta

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    Aug 28, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    Small Midwestern States To Be Hit Hardest By Climate Change: Report


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    rural Midwestern states will face the greatest consequences of climate change. The three that will face the steepest rise in temperature -- Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa -- are farm states whose soil will be significantly less productive as temperatures rise more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit there by 2100.



    The rise by by 2050 -- only 41 years from now -- is also projected to be substantial.

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    The consequences to these farm states will be far reaching. As droughts become more common, their soil and climate will begin to look more like their neighbors' to the south in Texas and Mexico.



    The ten-degree rise in temperature in the three states assumes that carbon emissions will continue their rate of increase. If the world's population somehow manages to reverse greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature is still expected to rise more than three degrees, which would still devastate those states' economies. A study released Thursday by Columbia University adds further concern about the viability of soybeans, corn and cotton -- the expected temperature rise over the next century from even a slow warming scenario could decrease crop yields by 30 to 46 percent.

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    http://www.climatewizard.org/





    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/27/small-midwestern-states-t_n_270540.html
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    Aug 28, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    somewhat inneresting metta, but dont you think agriculture states are obviously going to be most affected by climate change? it's sort of like saying old people are more likely to be affected by death...icon_rolleyes.gif
    what about coastal states experiencing rising sea levels? isn't that bad too? does it matter which is worse? this reminds me of the classic NYTimes headline spoof: "world ends; women and the poor hardest hit"icon_eek.gif