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New research suggests that no-till farming could help mitigate climate change.

A study from Iowa State University, released Monday, examined Midwest land use between 1850 to 2015. As agriculture and the practice of tilling spread, less carbon was being stored in the ground and more was going into the atmosphere. That added to the carbon emissions already accumulating from burning coal and driving cars.

A solution, according to study co-author Chaoqun Lu, is ending tilling.

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The massive hurricanes Harvey and Irma have people talking about how much, if at all, climate change adds to such storms’ destructiveness.

In a blog post authored by Paul Driessen, the conservative Heartland Institute disputes that global warming is worsening the weather or that it’s human-caused. And, Driessen writes, fossil fuels “bring rescue boats.”

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The United Nations Conference on Climate Change got under way in Paris on Monday. With countries debating ongoing reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer considers how the talks could affect the U.S. Midwest.

University of Iowa engineering professor Jerry Schnoor says pledges governments have made in advance of the talks aren’t even enough to level off global greenhouse gas emissions—a driver of climate change. Still, he says they’re necessary. The Midwest may see wind energy grow.

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A Cargill executive told a crowd at Kansas State University Monday night that climate change is real, and must be addressed head-on to prevent future food shortages. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more.