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  •  Temperature's not the biggest problem (5+ / 0-)
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    the fan man, jamess, Bronx59, splashy, RWood

    What's going to disrupt agriculture is the increased variability in rainfall -- the longer dry periods, punctuated by periods that are too wet.  

    It will be interesting to see crop production reports for this year; too dry in the Great Plains and too wet in the South.

    Adapting to a couple degrees of temperature difference is possible for farmers.  Adapting to completely different rainfall patterns isn't.  I can find seeds and plants for a climate zone warmer, that's not too difficult.  But we no longer get an average 1" of rain a week.  Now we get 10" in one month and go for two months trying to scrape up 1".

    I would like to see Dr. Mora's follow-on project be an analysis of precipitation patterns, and when the "departure point" for that will be -- if it hasn't occurred already.

    •  Even minor temp changes may influence (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, Bronx59

      production of certain crops. For instance, a few degrees rise in night temps reduces rice yields substantially.

      Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

      by the fan man on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 07:06:39 AM PDT

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