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Tuesday, April 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar - online only
Feeding the planet under climate change and the uncertainty about future impacts on agricultural production is a compelling policy issue. Interpreting public opinion is critical for effective policy formulation and decision making. Most climate change public opinion surveys focus on generic issues such as belief in climate change or concern about its overall impacts (Capstick et al., 2015), instead of issues specific to particular economic sectors, such as agriculture. The generic belief, awareness, or concern related to climate change may not be a comprehensive predictor of the support for adaptation policies, as support may vary across... read more
1) CURE is a Minnesota-based organization that focuses on water, climate, and energy. How does climate change tie into that work?
CURE was founded 25 years ago as a grassroots advocacy nonprofit focused on protecting and restoring the watersheds of the Minnesota River Basin. A decade ago, CURE’s leadership directed staff to campaign against the construction of a new coal-fired electricity generator in order to halt further mercury pollution from being deposited in the Minnesota River Valley. That campaign led to an ongoing relationship with the RE-AMP network, a midwest network of 172 nonprofits whose goal... read more
Montana agriculture losses to climate change could total $736 million a year, estimates an economic study prepared for Montana Farmers Union.
Warmer temperatures and drier summers are withering the future of Montana spring wheat, a major cash crop for state farmers, according to the report released Wednesday.
Over time, those changing conditions will cost the state $372 million on labor earnings due to 12,167 jobs lost to declined production. Range land losses due to dry conditions and changing plant life, will cut labor earnings related to cattle production by $364 million, and job losses similar to those for grain.... read more