WASHINGTON – The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) on Tuesday released "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3): The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States."
A statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the CCSP integrates the federal research efforts of 13 agencies on climate and global change.
"The report issued today provides practical information that will help land owners and resource managers make better decisions to address the risks of climate change," said Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber.
Higher temperatures will negatively affect livestock, the report stated. Warmer winters will reduce mortality but this will be more than offset by greater mortality in hotter summers. Hotter temperatures will also result in reduced productivity of livestock and dairy animals.
The full report listing all the effects of climate change are available here: www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap4-3/default.php