Map of the day: Warming’s agricultural impacts


A dramatic graphic capture’s one of the most immediate impacts of global warming, the shift of fertile agricultural regions toward the poles, as rising temperatures and declining rainfall render once-vibrant growing regions — realities certain to have profound economic and social impacts across the globe.

From the Arbor Day Foundation:

Much of the U. S. has been warmer in recent years, and that affects which trees are right for planting. The Arbor Day Foundation has recently completed an extensive updating of U.S. Hardiness Zones based upon data from 5,000 National Climatic Data Center cooperative stations across the continental United States.

For a dramatic animation of thsee changes, as well as others, see this page from Yale’s Envrionment 360.

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One response to “Map of the day: Warming’s agricultural impacts

  1. Greg Brenneman

    This is exactly why we are seeing record yields thru the bread basket of America. Longer growing seasons coupled with earlier planting and drought tolerant crops due to GMO are allowing American agriculture to feed the growing world population soon to be 9+billion

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