Commentators and experts reacted to the report with predictions and observations about specific sections of the United States. This Kansas City publication focuses on potential dangers for Midwest agriculture, and another response says that effects will vary, but major crops in various areas are posed to suffer. A livestock expert also points out that meat production is not a major culprit for climate change–he says modern practices make livestock agriculture more productive and environmentally friendly.
According to this report, combined data from NOAA and NASA show that the twenty warmest years on record have all come since 1995. Of course, old timers can point out extreme weather seasons in the past. Dad was a teenager when the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard “froze roosting birds to branches in the trees” and “stranded children in the one-room school houses that dotted the rural areas.” And the heat waves of the 1930s were burned into the psyche of some of the farmers we worked for when we were kids: “Folks slept in their front yards and went to the town ice house to buy chips of ice. Main Street was melting and horses were dying on the farm.” A little hyperbole didn’t go wrong either: “It was so hot the eggs were hard boiled before we even cracked them to fry on a car hood, and the cows were only producing evaporated milk.”
by Dan Gogerty (map from noaaclimate.gov, report cover from globalchange.gov, and cartoon from pinterest.com)
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