As a climate scientist, I have long fought again the politicization of climate change science. The science is sound, the outcomes for our planet are clear, and they are largely negative. But now, after the recent release of national and Indiana-specific reports on climate impacts, we need politicians to do what they are supposed to do—make policies and regulations that confront climate change and that improve the health and well-being of people, not corporations.
The National Climate Assessment was released on Black Friday, and it was dark news indeed, particularly for the economy of the Midwest. The agricultural sector will be hit especially hard with stronger swings of drought, and flood, challenging the ability of farmers to predict crop choices for a given year, and protect those crops once they are in the ground.