ByJelter Meers and Johnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
An ethanol spill occurs every two days on average in the Midwest, the worst of which result in contamination of water supplies, major fish kills, loss of life and millions of dollars of damage. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that as production and transportation of ethanol has risen dramatically in the region over the past three decades, so have ethanol spills.
ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
“We’re actually at the warmest part for the historical record for Illinois,” said State Climatologist Jim Angel, speaking to a crowd of about 60 at the Champaign Public Library on Tuesday. “This is a different climate for what our parents, grandparents or great grandparents would’ve experienced in Illinois.”
Without “ambitious action” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, long-term effects of climate change will likely cost the U.S. government and American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars per year, a federal report released earlier this month has found.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and CU-CitizenAccess are hosting a public discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the local, regional and agribusiness impacts from climate change — ranging from flooding and the water supply to changing weather patterns and agricultural techniques.