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The Big Heat

by Shruti Modi

In The Big Heat for The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the effects of climate change by describing farmers and failed corn crops.

Last week, the U.S.D.A. officially cut its yield forecast by twelve per cent, citing a “rapid decline in crop conditions since early June and the latest weather data.” Also last week, because of the dryness, the U.S.D.A. declared more than a thousand counties in twenty-six states to be natural disaster areas. This was by far the largest such designation the agency has ever made. In the past month, as the severity of the situation has become apparent, corn prices have risen by more than forty per cent. [more]