When the grasses die, the soil dies too.
That is what happened last winter to the prairie, once one of the world’s most productive and ecologically important ecosystems.
In the fall of 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the northern half of the Great Plains lost more than 1.2 million acres, the largest single loss of cropland in modern times.
It was the biggest one-year loss in the contiguous United States since the mid-19th century.
The loss was the result of extreme weather events, including record-breaking heatwaves, drought, wildfires, droughts and extreme heat, which ravaged much of the Plains.
In 2018, more than 5 million acres of land was lost in Texas alone, according to the U,S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
More than 2 million acres were lost in Oklahoma alone.
More than 20 percent of the U.”s croplands are in danger of losing their water supply and more than half of its grasslands are in a condition of irreversible loss, the Corps said.
The drought, which has left millions without water and led to record crop losses, has also killed more than 30 percent of all species of plants and animals, according the UGS.
The loss of these important natural ecosystems has been linked to climate change.
In the past, the region has experienced a drought and a warming climate, but these conditions are expected to worsen in the coming decades.
The Great Plains region is home to the largest number of wetlands in the U., according to an Environmental Protection Agency report published last year.
It also has one of our most diverse populations of animals, with more than 150 species of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals and amphibians.
The impact of climate change is particularly pronounced on the Great Lakes region.
Between 2007 and 2019, the area lost an average of 1.8 million acres due to the effects of climate-driven droughtroughts, the EPA found.
It is the second-largest area loss of land due to climate-related impacts in the nation, behind only California, which lost 1.7 million acres in the same period.
The National Parks Service has been working to protect the environment for decades, but with the effects expected to intensify as climate change impacts continue, there is little more to protect than the environment itself.
The vast majority of these loss-affected land is in states where the land is already under threat, according a 2017 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In fact, the entire Great Lakes basin has already experienced at least one loss due to global warming.
The EPA has called on all states to prepare for a worsening climate.
We must continue to invest in and strengthen our infrastructure, and our economy must adapt to climate and the changing seasons, the agency said in a statement.
The Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to climate science funding, which the EPA has criticized for politicizing the issue.