Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Elizabeth R. Purdy
PREDOMINANTLY AN AGRICULTURAL state, one out of every five residents in Kansas is involved in farming or food production, Kansas leads the nation in the production of wheat and sunflowers. Like many of its midwestern neighbors, Kansas is experiencing a rural exodus, with large numbers of residents leaving farms to move to urban areas. This exodus has increased the pollution that concentrates in industrial regions. With a total population of almost 3 million people, the state has specific concerns about activities that lead to global warming and climate change. One of those concerns is the regional haze that blankets the large cities of Kansas, In response, Kansas has initiated a regional haze program designed to reduce toxic emissions. Between 1990 and 2001, carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions in Kansas rose by 4 percent, reaching a total of 71,9 million metric tons, Kansas currently ranks 26th in the United States ...