Discussing climate change and how it has affected northern temperatures has made me think about how it affects things a little closer to home for me. Being from a rural area, I was more interested in how it affects these areas in the U.S. and globally. At first, I thought how could more rain and warmer climate be bad for farmers in rural areas, but as I look deeper into it, it is. As the planet warms, precipitation levels are changed drastically.
The precipitation levels are polarizing; wet areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting dryer. What does this mean for rural areas depending on precipitation for they’re agricultural practices? Agriculture taking place in areas used to rain are now forced to deal with rising precipitation levels that cause flooding to they’re fields, ruining crops. Agriculture functioning in more arid climates have adapted to this harsh environment, but with climate change, it has become a harsher climate. The precipitation levels in these arid climate zones has dropped even lower and are continuing to drop. It has gone past adaptability. Climate change isn’t just making the North warmer but is changing the way rural areas must function.