Midlands Voices: It is time for Nebraska to prepare for climate change

By Donald Wilhite, Omaha World-Herald

The writer is professor and director emeritus in climate science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the founding director of UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center.

I applaud The World-Herald for publishing several articles on climate change and its implications for Nebraska on June 18. Educating all Nebraskans about both the threats and opportunities associated with climate change is vital to adapt to and prepare for the changes that lie ahead.

Both globally and locally, few people deny that our climate is changing. Globally, we have experienced 400 consecutive months where the average temperatures have exceeded the 30-year average. However, many people still reject the notion that human actions, specifically the burning of fossil fuels and land use changes, are the primary reasons for the observed changes. Continue reading.