Climate Change Op-Eds

In the spring and summer of 2013, the Environmental Law & Policy Center approached climate scientists across The Midwest and we asked: What does climate change mean to your state? What can your state do to help address this global issue?

The answers we received became a series of op-ed articles that were published in leading papers across the region.

Click the masthead images below to download PDFs of the article that appeared in each newspaper.

Free Press

Last summer seemed like a climate change prediction come true. We experienced our warmest March on record, late April and early May frosts, and a June through August drought. The unseasonably warm spring and lack of summer rain destroyed our cherry and apple crops, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural losses. It didn’t take 100 years of historic data and complex general circulation models to demonstrate that something was out of the ordinary. Read more.



The times they are a-changin’. A little over a year ago, Chicagoans experienced an excessively hot spring — our warmest March on record. This year, the start to spring felt less like summer and more like an extended winter. Though domestic atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide just hit the 400 parts per million mark and summer cyclone season is just around the corner, cool-to-mild temperatures might make one wonder, “Where is global warming?” Read More



Iowa seems to have become a state of extremes.

Last year, record early warmth prompted fruit blossoming in March and corn planting in early April, only to be severely challenged by late freezes and widespread drought. This year, a cold start to the planting season, followed by the wettest spring on record, has delayed planting and produced widespread soil erosion from extreme rainfall. Read More


Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

To an outsider, Wisconsin might seem a state divided by differences. We have a proud agricultural heritage, yet manufacturing provides our financial base. Our diverse and varied landscape includes urban architecture, old growth forests, prairies and dairy farms, all serving vital and important roles. We have intense political ideologies, with passionate points of view on both the left and right. Even our climate reflects a state filled with contradictions — as it has not been changing in a uniform fashion. Read More