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Writing in The Huffington Post, Ryan Grim reports on a new analysis from The Nature Conservancy that, if correct, should stir major action in the rural Midwest. (Go here to see an interactive map, like the one above.)

“Climate change is, in fact, a regional issue, but not in the short-term way that the coal senators think, according to new analysis from The Nature Conservancy,” Grim writes. “The environmental group finds that rural Midwestern states will face the greatest consequences of climate change. The three that will face the steepest rise in temperature — Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa — are farm states whose soil will be significantly less productive as temperatures rise more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit there by 2100.”

What does this mean? The consequences to these farm states will be far reaching. As droughts become more common, their soil and climate will begin to look more like their neighbors’ to the south in Texas and Mexico, Grim reports.

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