“…the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…” – President Obama.
President Obama today will announce the creation of “climate hubs.”
From Reuters: “The hubs will act as information centers and aim to help farmers and ranchers handle risks, including fires, pests, floods and droughts, that are exacerbated by global warming.
The hubs will be located in Ames, Iowa; Durham, New Hampshire; Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; El Reno, Oklahoma; Corvallis, Oregon; and Las Cruces, New Mexico, Additional “sub hubs” may be set up in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Davis, California; and Houghton, Michigan.
What about the risk of shorter growing seasons? We are on the cusp of the next grand minimum. In the climate past, solar grand minimums have resulted in cooler temperatures on earth and shorter growing seasons. For the last 17 years global warming has stalled, and in some regions have started a slow decline. One positive result of the Davis Hub, California framers are dealing with a drought and can use some advice on farming with less water, but this drought was not caused by global warming.
Don J. Easterbrook, Dept of Geology, Western Washington University