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Climate Change Set to Batter U.S. Agriculture, Forests

Feb 8, 2013
(Climate Central)

Climate change is likely to transform U.S. agriculture by mid-century, reducing yields of many staple crops and the productivity of livestock operations, according to a new government analysis.

Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns will also harm the nation’s forests, increasing their vulnerability to fires, insect infestations and disease.

Those are some of the dramatic projections outlined in a pair of analyses released Tuesday by the Agriculture Department. The documents, written by agency and academic scientists, are USDA’s contribution to the National Climate Assessment the government will finalize later this year.