Current research reveals the legitimate danger of distracted driving. Distracted driving can include: dialing a cell phone, texting, reading, applying make-up, eating, reaching for a moving object or looking outside of the vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 6,000 people in the United States were killed last year, and more than 500,000 were injured due to distracted driving. Factor in bad weather, road construction, work stress and traffic into the equation, and distracted driving becomes a recipe for disaster.
According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, if a driver sends a text message while driving, he or she is 23 times more likely to get into a collision. At highway speeds, just five seconds spent looking at a texting device equals 100 or more yards traveled without paying attention. CNBC and Car and Driver Magazine indicate texting and driving can be worse than drunk driving, reporting that an unimpaired driver takes .54 seconds to brake while a driver reading an email or sending a text message could take up to an additional 70 feet to brake.…
Have you noticed that the seasons are behaving differently over the past few years? Instead of mild summers are you experiencing temperatures 10-15 degrees higher? Maybe you have kept that winter coat in storage longer than you normally would. Most of the population is aware that our climate has been changing. An important issue to consider is how will this affect our food production?
Agriculture stakeholders review everything from precipitation to CO2 levels when evaluating climate change. Recent studies indicate other items such as flooding and droughts, as well as changes in the amount of heat stress can create a number of unpredictable issues. These include pest and pathogen outbreak, or wildfires. The consequences of climate change on agriculture stressors can alter the outcome of production because each one is connected to the other.
Most ecosystems will likely experience an increase in temperature which will cause the growing season to lengthen. Although this sounds encouraging, it will also increase the chances of severe drought and soil evaporation rates. Because of the variables involved, it’s too difficult to predict exactly how much the temperature will change or how long a season may last. Temperature increases correspond with precipitation which also modifies the climate and rate of growth in agriculture.…