Starting with agriculture, The average air temperature has increased by more than 1.5 degrees. Temperatures are projected to continue increasing across the Midwest, with the greatest increase of average temperatures in northern areas climate change is expected to intensify storms and lead to greater precipitation across the entire area. Summer precipitation isn’t projected to rise which, increases vulnerability to drought conditions, while higher summer temperatures are likely to reduce plant productivity. But, if the precipitation continues to rise, fields become too wet, planting may be delayed and affect yields.
Then starting with the water resources. Precipitation in the Midwest is said to become more intense, leading to increase flood damage, strained drainage, and reduced drinking water availability. When these systems are overloaded during intense rainstorms. Raw sewage overflow can result, impact clean water availability and human health. Expected rises summer drought frequency and evaporation rates could reduce water levels in lakes and wetlands, as well as in commercial waterways.
Ecosystems and Agriculture
Some climate related impacts may provide short-term benefits for agriculture and ecosystems. Natural ecosystems in the Midwest are being altered by combined climate change. Climate change is expected to have many impacts on agriculture, forests, and other ecosystems in the Midwest. Forests are being threatened by more frequent droughts, wildfires, and insect outbreaks.
Warmer temperatures and changes in precipitation could increase the risk of exposure to diseases carried by insects and rodents. Major heat waves have been occurring more frequently across the Midwest for many decades, resulting in increased deaths during these extreme events.Heat stress is likely to increase in the future as a result of continued rises in temperatures and humidity in the Midwest, resulting in more heat-related deaths and illnesses. Air quality in some parts of the Midwest are already poor but are projected to worsen due to an increase in temperatures.
HOW TO IMPACT
After reading through everything about how climate change is ruining our world. We started to brainstorm some our ideas of how to impact Indianola and the world. Plant, planting is a good way to produce more oxygen and they taken in carbon dioxide. Also, replant trees after you cut them down. Start biking or walking instead of driving a vehicle, eat locally-produced and organic food, turn off lights to reduce your carbon footprint! RECYCLE, REUSE, RE-PURPOSE. Don’t use insect repellent on your grass and plants. Begin reduce on your water consumption, use cold water. Maybe even collect rain water for drinking instead of using tap water. Compost your wasted food!
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