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Doug Downs steps out of his tractor while working, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at his farm near Allerton, Ill. Downs, the Illinois farmer, has tried to incorporate cover crops into some of his operations, especially to control weeds.

Doug Downs steps out of his tractor while working, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at his farm near Allerton, Ill. Downs, the Illinois farmer, has tried to incorporate cover crops into some of his operations, especially to control weeds.(AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel) ORG XMIT: CLI507

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Doug Downs steps out of his tractor while working, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at his farm near Allerton, Ill. Downs, the Illinois farmer, has tried to incorporate cover crops into some of his operations, especially to control weeds.

Doug Downs steps out of his tractor while working, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at his farm near Allerton, Ill. Downs, the Illinois farmer, has tried to incorporate cover crops into some of his operations, especially to control weeds.(AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel) ORG XMIT: CLI507

Joshua A. Bickel/AP Photos

The Biden Administration’s National Climate Assessment is out today

Doug Downs steps out of his tractor while working, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at his farm near Allerton, Ill. Downs, the Illinois farmer, has tried to incorporate cover crops into some of his operations, especially to control weeds.(AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel) ORG XMIT: CLI507

Joshua A. Bickel/AP Photos

 

Rising seas, hotter summers, and more rain are all on the way — and in some cases are already here. The Biden Administration’s National Climate Assessment is out today and that means hotter and wetter conditions for the Midwest. WBEZ and Grist’s regional climate reporter Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco joined host Mary Dixon to explain what it all means.

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