Increasing humidity and precipitation and rising extreme temperatures are having negative impacts across the Midwest. Integrating climate adaptation into planning processes can help build adaptive capacity to increase climate resilience.

    Key Points:

  • Rising temperatures, drought, extreme precipitation, and other climate changes are affecting agriculture, infrastructure, livelihoods that rely on natural resources, human health, cultural practices (like ice fishing or harvesting local plant species), and ecosystems in the Midwest.
  • Renewable energy production in the region has grown by more than 275% over the last decade, reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector.
  • Communities, local and state governments, and businesses are embracing adaptation approaches that include green infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture, collaborative decision-making, and improved landscape management.

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View of the Maytag Dairy Farms from the visitor center, Newton, Iowa. Image credit: Christiane Tas, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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