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Drought Conditions Threaten US Corn Crop, Farmers, Local Economies

This year’s US corn crop is suffering, as are Corn Belt farmers, as a result of the unrelenting heat wave and lack of rainfall that’s affecting much of America’s heartland. The effects of the anomalous weather led the Agriculture Dept. to slash its estimate of US corn yields, which has sent corn futures prices surging higher.

Climate Change and Tree Migration

This video from AccuWeather gives a brief outline of how may tree species are migrating northward and to higher elevation in response to climate change. Often this migration leaves trees vulnerable to pests such as the Mountain Pine Beetle. Many forests, particularly in the western North America, have been decimated by infestations. Related articles Bark beetles, climate change and our future…

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