[MCN] Scientific American: Farming, water, and heat: Location, location, location

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Fri Jan 20 12:39:43 EST 2017

Excerpts :  Moreover, irrigation can help protect crops until a 
certain temperature threshold - around 36 or 40 C, according to 
Schauberger - but not beyond.

Some scientists are experimenting with ways to genetically modify 
crops that are more resilient to higher temperatures. However, this 
approach hasn't demonstrated significant results so far and, 
according to Elliot, contains restrictions in terms of how much the 
plants can be altered. He sees the most likely adaptation strategy as 
being a northward shift of traditional crop belts.

"It may very well be that in the next 50 to 100 years, the new Corn 
Belt is centered around North Dakota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan," he 
said. "Parts of Iowa could be growing cotton and the Deep South - 
where cotton is currently grown - will probably be too hot to grow 

"A surprising result is the high proportion of species responding to 
recent, relatively mild climate change (global average warming of 0.6 

Camille Parmesan. "Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent 
Climate Change." Annual Review of Ecol. Evol. & Systematics  2006. 
"We contend that traditional approaches to forest conservation and 
management will be inadequate given the predicted scale of 
social-economic and biophysical changes in the 21st century."

Forest Ecology and Management Accepted 7 October 2015
Review and synthesis
Achievable future conditions as a framework for guiding forest 
conservation and management
S.W. Golladay, K.L. Martin, J.M. Vose, D.N. Wear, A.P. Covich, R.J. 
Hobbs, K.D. Klepzig, G.E. Likens, R.J. Naiman, A.W. Shearer 
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