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One degree of warming may cut Kansas wheat production 20 percent

One degree of warming may cut Kansas wheat production 20 percent

Global warming is such a massive, existential crisis that it can be overwhelming to try and contemplate just how much damage we've already done to our environment, not to mention how much we will see in the future. Because of this, I find examples like the following useful. Jeff Spross at Think Progress reports on a study from Kansas State University which found that if temperature rise of just one degree Celsius of warming will cut wheat yields by 20 percent. And climate models predict we're on pace to see more than three times that much warming by the end of the century. On climate change specifically, the researchers found that a one degree Celsius increase in temperatures for the area would cut wheat yields by 10.64 bushels per acre. Since the mean yield for 1985 to 2011 was 50.59 bushels per acre, that comes out to a 21 percent decrease. And three degrees of warming w...

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