"NO CHALLENGE POSES A GREATER THREAT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS THAN CLIMATE CHANGE." ~ President Barack Obama
Heavy downpours and dry summers may be common in the Midwest, but climate change is making them worse. Increased temperatures increase evaporation. In the summer it becomes too hot for rain to form and the water stays evaporated until winter and spring temperatures drop enough to cause huge storms.
Greenhouse Gases, like carbon dioxide, are the biggest contributors to climate change. Here are some ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.
You can also use green energy. Solar panels are the most common renewable energy source for residential users, but there are other options like wind power. Some power companies allow you to sell back electricity you produce and don’t use, or you can switch to a provider that offers green energy. More information can be found at Ameren's website and the EPA's website.
See the EPA’s website on climate change to learn more about climate change, how to help, and current federal actions and plans.