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New Report Examines Climate Change In The Midwest

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A new climate change report says the average global temperature is rising faster than “anything modern civilization has experienced.”

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released Friday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, was researched over several years, by 300 of the nation’s top scientists and 13 federal agencies.

The report is the most comprehensive, blunt, and dire breakdown of the impact of continuing climate change on U.S. health, economy and infrastructure.

One area that will be hit particularly hit? Midwest farming, which is expected to bear the brunt of rising temperatures and heavier rainfall.

Morning Shift checks in with Jim Angel, Illinois’ state climatologist, about how the Midwest -- particularly Illinois - -could be impacted by increasing climate change. 

GUESTS: Jim Angel, Illinois’ state climatologist

Chad Nichols, farmers market manager of Nichols Farms

LEARN MORE: Federal climate change report paints grim picture for Midwest (Chicago Tribune, 11/23)

New U.S. Climate Assessment Forecasts Dire Effects On Economy, Health (NPR, 11/26) 

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