National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #1: Decreased Productivity

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Key Message 1 for the Midwest, “Impacts to Agriculture,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

In the next few decades,

Longer growing seasons

And rising carbon dioxide levels

Will increase yields of some crops,

Though those benefits will be progressively offset

By extreme weather events.

Though adaptation options can reduce some of the detrimental effects,

In the long term, the combined stresses associated with climate change

Are expected to decrease agricultural productivity.

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