Guest Opinion by Alan Journet, Sunday February 23rd, Medford Mail Tribune

I am a biologist by training and career. Several decades ago, I was teaching an ecology course at Southeast Missouri State University when ecological theory and climate reality collided.

As I was discussing how temperature and precipitation patterns determine the distribution of natural biological systems (forests, grasslands, deserts etc.) across the planet, I realized how the climate projections of the day would, if they came to pass, destroy these natural systems on a planet-wide basis. I also taught conservation biology because I care deeply about the survival of planetary natural biodiversity; I care about lions, tigers, bears, and dickie birds, oh my. But, for those who don‘t care so much, but like to eat or live in a house, note that the same projected climate conditions would globally destroy our agriculture and forestry.

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