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I Am Cheating

nasa-sep-2016I thought maybe I was done with my blog posts. You may have thought the same. But, this climate change stuff really concerns me and I am not sure we are all paying attention.

I say I am ‘cheating’ because my message today is not my own. I am sending you to today’s Climate Cast blog post – a blog I follow here in MN. I would encourage you to read the complete post no matter where you are on the planet.

Here is the beginning of the post:

You could call it, “weather gone weird.” Climate out of control might be a more appropriate name.

A rare October severe weather risk in Minnesota. 100 degrees in Kansas on October 17th? The hottest September on record globally. A NASA scientist says 2016 is now “locked in” as earth’s next new ‘warmest year on record’ globally.

The thread that ties it all together? All are symptoms of a dramatically warmer planet earth. . . . keep reading

How does this affect animal agriculture? I am more inclined to think about how these kinds of changes to our climate WON’T affect animal agriculture.

. . . . . I can’t  think of anything.

My meager advice? Know your climate and how it is changing. Evaluate your vulnerabilities. Plan for it. All of this is summed up in the Adaptation Planning Guide developed by this project.

Always Considering Climate — David


David Schmidt MS. PE is a researcher and educator in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota and regional project coordinator for the project Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate,  a national project of the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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