Extreme weather just devastated 10m acres in the midwest. Expect more of this | Art Cullen

Unless we contain carbon, our food supply will be under threat. By 2050, US corn yields could decline by 30%

I know a stiff wind. They call this place Storm Lake, after all. But until recently most Iowans had never heard of a “derecho”. They have now. Last Monday, a derecho tore 770 miles from Nebraska to Indiana and left a path of destruction up to 50 miles wide over 10m acres of prime cropland. It blew 113 miles per hour at the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River.

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Art Cullen is editor of the Storm Lake Times in north-west , where he won the Pulitzer prize for editorials on and the . He is a Guardian US columnist and author of the book, Storm Lake: Change, Resilience, and Hope in America’s Heartland

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