Crop Failure Is Among Northwesterners’ Climate Worries

By CIRCulator Editorial Staff

Reprinted from: The Climate CIRCulator

PACIFIC NORTHWESTERNERS are worried about climate-related food insecurity and crop failure in the future, according to Leigh Bernacchi of the University of Idaho.

Her public-opinion survey was the first in the region to link public perceptions of climate change and its causes with perceptions of risk to agricultural systems.

Additionally, a majority of the 1,300 people surveyed from Washington, Oregon and Idaho think climate change is occurring and think that more action could be taken to minimize the future risk to the region and the world, Bernacchi reported in her recent talk at the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Conference.

Bernacchi’s work was funded through the Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture, a project led by the University of Idaho that includes OCCRI.

The Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Conference drew researchers and practitioners to Seattle in September.

A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of The Climate CIRCulator.