August 29, 2009

Bread Basket Hit the Hardest

The NOAA has published a report detailing regional impacts of climate change. This report shows that we can expect that America's bread basket will experience some of the highest temperature rises resulting from climate change. This image shows that we can expect about a 7 degree rise over the next 40 years in some of the most important food production areas of the world.

The image below shows that the we can expect a 10 degree rise throughout much of the central United States by the end of the century.

The Nature Conservancy, The University of Washington, and The University of Southern Mississippi, worked together to create the ClimateWizard, an interactive climate change website, based on the NOAA data, that enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to easily and intuitively access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.

You can choose a state or country and see both the climate change that has occurred to date and the climate change that is predicted to occur. Simply put, ClimateWizard can be used to assess how climate has changed over time and to project what future changes are likely to occur in a given area. ClimateWizard represents the first time ever the full range of climate history and impacts for a landscape have been brought together in a user-friendly format.

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