Climate Change Could Cost Kansas $1 Billion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Rising temperatures and reduced water supply could cost Kansas more than $1 billion in agriculture losses by 2017.

That's according to a new study from the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research. The study analyzed the costs of global warming on several states and was paid for in part by the Environmental Defense Fund.

The report for Kansas says higher temperatures and lower rainfall amounts could effect the state's agriculture sector with flooding, more invasive plant species and damage to crops and livestock.

Climate change would have the biggest effect on Kansas' water resources.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Adrian Polansky said he had not read the report, but that more study of climate change is needed before meaningful decisions can be made.

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