Climate, water and food

A warming worldwide climate already has been predicted to significantly cut global production of corn, soybeans, wheat and rice by the end of this century. Now new research suggests food production could be further curtailed by water shortages that would end the irrigation of 50 million to 150 million acres. Read a ScienceDaily  article about the … Read more Climate, water and food

Huttner talk set Oct. 1 on Minnesota's changing climate

It’s not our imagination. The nature of our seasons is changing. Spring blooms arrive earlier on average. Summer is more humid with a documented increase in extreme localized flash flood events – and more frequent droughts. Fall lingers longer. Lakes freeze up later. Winters are trending shorter and noticeably, measurably milder. New plants are able to thrive in Minnesota’s milder climate. … Read more Huttner talk set Oct. 1 on Minnesota's changing climate

Climate imperils fish

Climate change and warming lakes and rivers will produce major changes in freshwater fish populations and their ranges, a new report warns. Download the 34-page report, “Swimming Upstream: Freshwater Fish in a Warming World.” It was produced by the National Wildlife Federation. The report makes a series of recommendations, including minimizing other stress factors for … Read more Climate imperils fish

Read and comment on climate change forecast

A draft National Climate Assessment that predicts the impact of global warming in the U.S. by 2050 was released last week by a huge team of scientists. A Pioneer Press article on the assessment says it predicts that the frequency of heavy rainfalls will increase in Minnesota, “causing erosion and declining water quality and negatively … Read more Read and comment on climate change forecast

How hot was 2012? Hotter than any year in the record book

Last year – 2012 – was the hottest on record in the United States – a full degree Fahrenheit above the previous record, set in 1998. Read a New York Times article that documents a March heat wave and a drought in the Corn Belt that went along with the record warmth. The Times wrote: … Read more How hot was 2012? Hotter than any year in the record book

Arctic sea ice hits new low

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record, a confirmation of the drastic warming in the region and a likely harbinger of larger changes to come. Satellites tracking the extent of the sea ice found that it covered about 1.58 million square miles, or less than 30 … Read more Arctic sea ice hits new low

Beer, Asian carp, manganese and nutria

Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Want a beer with that climate talk? Mark Seeley, a University of Minnesota … Read more Beer, Asian carp, manganese and nutria

Farm tiling called major cause of hypoxia

Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Tile drainage main cause of hypoxia, research says Tile drainage in the Mississippi … Read more Farm tiling called major cause of hypoxia

'Dead zones' expand; ag-water conference set

Each week, the Freshwater Society posts a digest of important regiona, national and international articles about water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the works in their entirety where they originally were published. Ocean ‘dead zones’ spreading Lower levels of oxygen in the Earth’s oceans, particularly off the … Read more 'Dead zones' expand; ag-water conference set