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Rural Climate Change Policy Digest Update

Posted by Renee Magyar on January 16, 2013

The January 14th Rural Climate Digest has been posted and we've provided a summarized version here!

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Figure source: NOAA NCDC / CICS-NC. Data 11 from NOAA NCDC.

The most recent Rural Climate Digest, posted January 14, 2013, highlights new climate change charts as well as the rise of drought and fire across the country. Read the full digest.

A newly released federal study finds that "climate change is real and accelerating," with an altered frequency and severity of weather extremes. 

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The USDA designates 597 counties as primary natural disaster areas because of the level of drought and heat, making farm operators eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

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Despite the fact that 100% of Nebraska counties are suffering from severe drought, they were not included in the natural disaster designation because they are not solely reliant on winter wheat.

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Climate change coverage declined worldwide in 2012 even though the U.S. experienced the warmest year on record and second most extreme.

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An appeals court upholds the Idaho "roadless rule" stating that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service did not violate any environmental laws when forming the plan.

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High levels of rain and subsequent plant growth in Australia have set the state for rampant wildfires.

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The 9-month Farm Bill extension left many advocates and critics wanting more, only perpetuating a stalemate.  

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A climate change study by Columbia University predicts Western and Southwestern water runoff to decrease by 10%.

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