In the former, scientists conclude global warming will have significant impact on American agriculture and the people who partake in it.
In the latter, researchers found changing times may influence the ongoing debate over how to manage the Missouri River. Here's a look at both.
The study is not without its detractors. The Coalition to Protect the Missouri River believes that traffic will return once steady flows return. The coalition also is concerned that rail rates may go up if there is no competition for grain transportation.
For its part, Army Corps officials point to their mandate of balancing navigation, recreation and all other authorized uses when it comes to the care of Mighty Mo'.
While the rise and fall of the Missouri affects life along the river, in Washington, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, warned of a more far reaching phenomenon: global warming. The group is concerned that warming of the atmosphere poses serious risks for U.S. agriculture.
Eric Chivian, M.D. Center for Health and the Global Environment: "...US farmers in general face a future of warming temperatures and weather extremes, a future that is more unstable and more unpredictable, a future that as you will hear today, also involves their having to deal with new and more widespread crop pests and diseases."
The panel based their conclusion on the wild temperature shifts around the world as an indicator of things to come. If left unchecked, the scientists in the coalition predict there will be even more frequent and intense weather events. Over time, global warming could influence everything from where people live to where crops are grown.