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Pat Roberts is a Climate Change Denier
"There's no question there's some global warming, but I'm not sure what it means. A lot of this is condescending elitism."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Kansas
- In Kansas, there were more than 2,400 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of more than $15,000 for each stay.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 17 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses from the 2012 drought.
- Over the past 10 years, 20 billion-dollar weather disasters affected Kansas. Between 2010 and 2012, the total cost due to hazardous weather in Kansas was $900 million.
- Climate change has increased temperatures across the Great Plains since the 1960s, particularly in the northern states. The hotter, drier conditions are already contributing to water resource stress, particularly in the southern portion of the region. In the coming decades, lack of water will constrain development, stress natural resources, and increase competition for water among communities, agriculture, energy production, and wildlife and natural ecosystems. In 2011, heat and drought contributed to agricultural losses across the Midwest and Great Plains, and the northern Great Plains dealt with significant flooding. Extreme events like floods and droughts are expected to become more common with climate change. Other agricultural impacts of rising temperatures include changes in insect pests and the northward shift of optimal zones for crops. As young adults move out of small, rural communities, the towns are increasingly populated by a vulnerable demographic of very old and very young people, placing them more at risk for health issues than urban communities. Serious health concerns are also associated with severe flooding, projected to increase in the future, including greater incidence of waterborne diseases. Water quantity and quality issues are expected to exacerbate existing economic and social issues for the 65 Native American tribes in the Great Plains, where populations on rural tribal lands have limited capacities to respond to climate change.