Letter: Getting a preview of climate change

Flooding. Wet fields. Spoiled crops.

That’s what Ohio’s future will likely look like due to the changing climate. Ohio will have more rain in the spring — including extreme storms — and more droughts in the summer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/climate-change-oh.pdf)

We need frank talk about what this means for Ohio’s agriculture and how farmers can adapt.

And Ohio also needs to reduce climate change, by cutting greenhouse gases from coal and supporting wind and solar energy and energy efficiency. Most Ohioans support this kind of action, according to recent polls (https://tinyurl.com/yyngtjhx). However, a bill in Ohio’s State Senate right now would do the opposite. HB6 would gut Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

We need to prepare for our future, as a state. That means open talk about how our economy can adjust to a changing climate. And it means strong action to prevent another spoiled spring in the fields.

Maya Fischhoff, Ada


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