Source: Illinois Farm Bureau

The world's climate is changing, but Illinois is not experiencing great change, a panel of scientists reported at the University of Illinois AGMasters Conference last week.

The "long-term picture" of climate change has not been uniform around the world or across the U.S., said Jim Angel, state climatologist with the Illinois Water Survey.

While the western U.S. has seen a "pretty dramatic warming (trend) over the last 100 years," Illinois hasn't experienced that trend due to its location, Angel said.

Scientists expect climate changes to vary because of such factors as carbon dioxide and water vapor, both of which influence climate.

Lewis Ziska, a USDA plant physiologist, explained higher carbon dioxide levels will have less of an impact in warm, humid climates, and a greater influence in dry areas, such as the poles, deserts, and locations at higher altitudes.

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