Drought Prompts Lawmakers To Look At Climate Change

A harsh summer drought that threatened Nebraska farms and ranches is prompting lawmakers to take a fresh look at climate change.

A bill that would launch a state review of climate change and its possible impact on life in Nebraska advanced out of a committee last week, and is on pace to be debated this year.

Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm introduced legislation that would direct the state's climate-assessment commission to draft a report for lawmakers and the governor. Haar has chosen the measure as his "priority bill" for the session.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Clinton Rowe says the higher temperatures will likely translate into a more arid climate with heavier but less frequent rainfall for farmers.

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