January 21, 2020

Climate Change Issues; ACRE-SURE- Weather Concerns; Food Safety; and Opportunity Costs and Farm Policy

Climate Change Issues- Background

Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan reported in today’s Washington Post that, “The Arctic sea ice cover continues to shrink and become thinner, according to satellite measurements and other data released yesterday, providing further evidence that the region is warming more rapidly than scientists had expected.

“The data on this winter’s ice buildup came on the day that international ministers gathered in Washington to address issues facing Earth’s polar regions, which have been disproportionately affected by global warming. At the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council that the Obama administration will press for greater action on climate change and for passage of the Law of the Sea Treaty in order to help regulate expanded human activity in a warmer Arctic, including shipping, fishing and oil exploration.

“Clinton said scientists are still struggling to understand the implications of the changes, ‘but the research made possible within the framework of the Antarctic Treaty has shown us that catastrophic consequences await if we don’t take action soon.’”