- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - More than 300 leaders who gathered to discuss a 2014 climate survey of Nebraska have concluded that the state must be more proactive in developing an action plan to respond to changes in climate.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist Don Wilhite and climate change resource specialist Kim Morrow published a 55-page summary report of eight round table talks last fall to discuss the university’s study titled “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.”

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1QiopI9 ) reports that the 350 leaders who gathered to discuss the study focused on what steps the university and state should take adapt to climate change in Nebraska.

Most notably, the group said Nebraska should begin drafting a plan to integrate outreach activities, research and teaching related to climate change across organizations.

“Sectors such as agriculture, ecosystems, energy and health are especially important due to the cross-cutting nature of these sectors and their importance to the state economy and environment,” the report reads.

White and Morrow said several of the takeaways in the discussions begin with the need for more information about the effects of climate change on Nebraska.

They said each of the eight roundtables cited the need for unbiased information that wasn’t politically motivated.

“Because of the highly unusual political conflict surrounding the issue, there have been delays and in some cases moratoriums for key sectors to work through the implications of climate change,” White and Morrow wrote.

Other concerns emerging from the eight events included agriculture and food, energy, health, land management and the strain on the state’s water resources.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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