Kansas State University Hosts Climate Talk

Kansas State University Hosts Climate Talk

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May 10, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) - Last month is being called the costliest April since 2011 after natural disasters claimed lives, took out businesses and flooded crop fields across the globe. It's an example of why a leading climatologist is advocating the importance of data sharing when it comes to climate change.

Dr. Thomas Peterson recently spoke about the issue at Kansas State University.  He says climate change data needs to be shared freely between countries and governments around the world. This way, climatologists can better evaluate the speed in which the earth is changing.

"Days are getting warmer," says Dr. Peterson, "Heavy precipitation is increasing, sea level is rising, and we are trying to quantify that better, and it’s really difficult to do that on your own if you are a small country, when what’s going on in neighboring countries really helps give you a better or a stronger climate signal. So we are trying to get countries to share data across borders, and to share data internationally, and to even share data with potential competitors."

In April 2016 alone, earthquakes, storms and flooding contributed to worldwide devastation -- including flooding in Argentina is estimated to have caused total Ag losses of $1.3 billion.

Story provided by Kansas State University

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