I appreciated the presentation by Dr. Gene Takle I had the chance to see when I was in Iowa last week. I have excerpted his conclusions/predictions for Midwest agriculture below. They prompted some pondering on my part.
Most of all I admired his matter-of-fact scientific integrity and openness in the face of an overwhelmingly skeptical audience. Iowa State is hardly a hot-bed of politically driven pseudo-science, and Dr. Takle certainly comes across as a dedicated climatologist.
Still, the room of farmers were largely unconvinced, I think. Which, since one of the touted claims for ethanol (The Official Iowa State Chemical) is lower carbon emissions, is curious. You'd think the link between reasons to subsidize/mandate ethanol and advancing climate change response would be pretty clear by now.Anyway, my take-away (that's two, and counting) from this was 1) rethinking my skepticism on crop insurance since storms could adopt more extreme patterns, and 2) keep putting in tile/waterways as large rain events could be more common.
If I think of others, such as what this means for standby generation, roads, construction changes, etc. I'll let you know.