Research shows bleak climate future for Kansas

Over the next century, eastern Kansas will get warmer and drier.

Western Kansas will get warmer and a lot drier.

The first in-depth analysis of climate change in Kansas, released Tuesday, offers a bundle of future worries as well as a bleak outlook for agriculture in the state. In fact, water needs for crops in western Kansas will more than double to about 8 inches per year, according to the climate projection analysis for the Climate and Energy Project.

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