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See the dramatic toll of climate change right in America’s heartland

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Scientists say that climate change is increasing the power and frequency of tornadoes, hurricanes, and drought-driven fires throughout the United States. But climate change is affecting us in more subtle, albeit no less dramatic ways, too, as this photo essay by Paul Johnson shows. Welcome to Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Devils Lake used to be a nice, small lake. Farms and towns surrounded it, enjoying the advantages it provided for irrigation. But for the past few decades, the lake has been living up to its name, wiping out those farms and towns along with roads, railways, and highways as it expands inexorably. Scientists say the lake’s growth has been caused by abnormal rainfall in the area produced by climate change.

Excited to have photos from my series on the slow rise of Devils Lake in the spring issue of @modfarm along with an excellent accompanying article by Sharlene Breakey.

A post shared by Paul Johnson (@paul_johnstone) on Mar 10, 2018 at 6:31pm PST

It wasn’t always this way. As American Scientist reports, Devils Lake had almost evaporated after the Dust Bowl, the long series of dust storms and droughts that came in three........

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