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Six Food Favorites Affected By Climate Change

The effects of climate change are far-reaching, affecting not only weather, but more critical parts of human life such as food.


Icy Water In NYC (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America The Beautiful (And Freezing)

Many parts of the U.S. have already broken records for snowfall and below zero temperatures while other parts have seen unseasonably warm temperatures.


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Wet Weather Brings Resurgence For Fireflies

There’s a good chance your backyard is full of fireflies this summer, which is a big change from last year.

WBBM Newsradio–07/09/2013

Snow on the ground in Crown Point, Ind., during the snowstorm on March 5, 2013. (Viewer Photo: Andrew James)

Snowstorm Should Help Ground Moisture Levels In Chicago Area

It might be tough to drive in, but Tuesday’s snowstorm should bring some benefits to the Chicago area.

WBBM Newsradio–03/05/2013

Tree in winter at the Morton Arboretum. (CBS)

Trees Could Use Watering and Mulching During Snow Drought, Experts Say

Experts say the lack of snow — coming off of an extremely dry summer — is literally stressing trees out. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.


The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Continuing Drought Could Lead To Reversal Of Chicago River Flow

In a new report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said, if Chicago doesn’t get some significant rain or snow soon, there could be serious water flow issues in the Chicago River.


Snow falls at the Des Plaines Oasis Thursday on Dec 20, 2012. (CBS)

Lack Of Snow Is Actually Bad News

It has not been a white winter so far in Chicago, as the city has recorded barely more than an inch of snow.


Grass grows in a dried-out farm pond near Cuba, Illinois. The pond used to supply water for cattle being raised on the surrounding pasture. The drought in 2012 has forced the farmer to truck in water and extra feed, to supplement the dry grass, from another farm nearly 20 miles away. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Climatologist: Last Year’s Warm Temps, Dry Conditions Brutal For Farmers

Illinois has just lived through the second warmest and tenth driest year on record.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2013

The measuring stick says it all: Chicago has had very little snow so far this winter. (CBS)

Snow Mostly A No-Show In Chicago, So Far

The question remains: Why haven’t we had more snow? CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Drought Driving Up Cost Of Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner, prices at the grocery store are going up.


The Care For Real food pantry in the Edgewater neighborhood has seen a rise in demand, from about 700 clients per month in 2007 to about 4,500 per month in 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Food Pantries Seeing Spike In Visits Due To Rising Food Prices

With all the rain we’ve had lately, we might forget we had a serious drought this summer, and that the drought will have a big impact on food prices this fall.

CBS 2–09/19/2012


Rain From Isaac Won’t Help Dried-Out Corn Crop In Illinois

Illinois going to get a little of the Isaac rain that had been aimed at the gulf coast, but likely not enough to affect Illinois agriculture.


The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

Recent Rains Pulling Chicago Area Out Of Drought

Rain the past couple of weeks has begun to pull much of the Chicago area out of drought conditions. And more may be on the way.


Dresden Nuclear Power Plant

Environmental Group Wary Of Allowing Power Plants To Dump Hotter Water

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has allowed state power generators to increase the temperature of cooling water that can be discharged into lakes and rivers, because of this summer’s heat and drought, but an environmental group says that might not be a good idea.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2012

Crops are suffering in Illinois under this summer's dry conditions. (CBS)

State Climatologist: Too Late To Save Corn Crop From Drought

A top climatologist said Thursday the drought plaguing Illinois farms appears to be leveling off, but it’s too late to save the state’s corn crop.



All But 4 Illinois Counties Now Disaster Areas Due To Drought

Half of the counties in the entire country – and all but four in Illinois – have been declared disaster areas because of the ongoing drought.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2012

Des Plaines River Flooding

Drought Making It Easier To Find Garbage In Area Rivers

This year’s drought has had many negative effects, but it does have at least one benefit.

WBBM Newsradio–07/31/2012

An Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. (James Zablotny/USDA Photo)

Combination Of Drought, Emerald Ash Borer Has Wreaked Havoc On Ash Trees

The emerald ash borer and the drought this summer are teaming up to give a one-two punch to ash trees in the area.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn Asks For Drought Disaster Designation In Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn is asking for Illinois to be designated a drought disaster area.


The Fox River in Geneva, Ill. (CBS)

Drought Helping Provide Data For Fox River Pollution Study

The lack of rain this summer might be killing your garden, but it’s actually good news for people studying the health of the Fox River.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012