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New report discusses economic risks of climate change to agriculture and other businesses

A new bipartisan report entitled “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States” was just released and is getting a lot of attention in the media.  This report describes some of the economic impacts of increased warming, rising sea levels, and increasing variability on agricultural producers, coastal communities, and others in the US that could be affected by climate change in the future.  For example, it discusses changes needed in railroad infrastructure associated with conversion from wheat to corn in the upper Midwest, loss of property along coastal zones, and energy demand as well as challenges to labor in increased extreme heat conditions in the future.  You can find the report here with additional information at www.riskybusiness.org.  You can also read about the report from a variety of newspaper sources, including these at the New York Times and Star Tribune.