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Climate Change & Agriculture by City-Tech Blogger Christopher Barros

Because of the increase in temperature due to climate change, during the summer in the northern hemisphere, the north will gain more summer days, and the south will lose winter days, and vice versa with the summers in the southern hemisphere. The positive effects of climate change is that farmers will have more good days for their products. Therefore the food production will increase .

It is said that we can have about 10-15 mild days in north and south America, the mild days are defined as being between 64-86 degrees Fahrenheit. This is only in places where winter still is consistent.  In tropical areas we will see fewer milder days and experience more hot warm weather, by about 15-50 less colder days a year. As we can see the increase in temperature will positively and negatively affect us. It will allow some places to be able to have more days for farming thus produce more products, and in tropical areas it will have less days where the weather is tolerable and change it into a more soft/extreme weathers.

 

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  1. While the increase in growing days may herald additional days for growing crops, an increase in temperature of the days will also have negative effects on plants, especially flowering plants. These plants are seen to be blooming earlier than expected due to higher temperatures during the winter and spring. These plants will bloom to early, and potentially encounter lower temperatures than expected due to the variations of temperatures. This prevents the flowering plants from becoming fertilized by the insects, which are nonexistent so early in the season. A decrease the fertilization of flowering plants affects many industries that rely on the growing of fruits, like oranges and apples. We are already seeing the change in the times of seasons this year, with winter and spring coming around a month later. There are a few apple plantations in New York that may be affected by the change in the weather patterns, and the farmers will have to passively react to the change in the climate.

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