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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore continues to tirelessly fight climate change with “An Inconvenient Sequel” sequel. (July 27)

Midwest farmers have seen firsthand the impact of climate change, with millions of acres going unplanted last year due to flooding and the damage done this summer by drought and Iowa’s destructive derecho, former Vice President Al Gore said as he kicked off a week of World Food Prize events Monday.

Speaking as part of a virtual roundtable for the Des Moines-based annual conference, Gore said last year’s floods resulted in nearly 20 million acres not getting planted and cost Americans $20 billion, including $6.5 billion in crop insurance payments.

 He said the world needs to stop using the Earth’s atmosphere as an “open sewer” for its growing carbon emissions.

“We need to encourage as much carbon sequestration … as we possibly can — in soils, in vegetation and trees,”