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Report: Great Lakes region warming faster than rest of U.S.

Veronica Volk

A study from a group of Midwestern and Canadian scientists shows the Great Lakes Basin is warming at a quicker rate than the rest of the United States.

The researchers conclude that because of rapid effects of climate change, the Great Lakes are vulnerable to more flooding, heat waves, and drought.

The report also predicts less snowfall, and more severe algae blooms. It says beaches, dunes and shorelines will be more susceptible to erosion. Commercial fisheries will be negatively impacted as fish populations suffer. Farmers in Midwestern states will be negatively impacted as floods and wet soil delay planting.

This report was commissioned by the nonprofit Environmental Law and Policy Center. The study was produced by 18 researchers spread out around the Great Lakes, including Canadian scientists.

Full report available here.

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