In one of the few statements from U.S. agricultural groups about the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment, the 25x'25 Alliance highlighted some of the scientific concerns raised by the IPPC.
The IPPC "reports that 1983-2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1400 years and that the warming trend is likely to continue. Furthermore, the extensive drought and flooding in recent years underscores the assertion made in the IPCC assessment that the contrast in precipitation between wet and dry regions and between wet and dry seasons will increase over the rest of the 21st century.
"The 25x'25 Alliance earlier this year issued a report that offers recommendations that will enable the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors to begin addressing those challenges. Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations, which was compiled by a collaboration of agriculture, forestry, business, academic, conservation and government leaders who spent more than 18 months exploring the impacts of a changing climate and other variables on U.S. agriculture and forestry, focuses on production systems, risk management, ecosystem services and communications.
"Through 2014, 25x'25 will be supporting project outreach partners, including farm and commodity groups, by offering presentations, workshops, webinars and additional forums to generate dialogue and foster greater understanding within the agriculture and forestry sectors of climate change's impacts and the near term, high value and low-cost solutions that only farmers, ranchers, and foresters can deliver."
The 25x'25 Alliance climate adaptations recommendations can be found at http://www.25x25.org/…
NOTE: I was a member of the 25x'25 advisory committee on that report, mainly to learn more from the scientists and other agriculturalists who worked on the various issues raised by climate change.
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