Earth´s climate is changing. Human activities that increase heat–trapping ("green house") gases are the main cause. Earth´s average temperature has increased 1.4 °F since 1850 and the eight warmest years on record have occurred since 1998. Increasing temperatures have led to changes in rainfall patterns and snow and ice cover. These changes could have severe effects on the Great Lakes and the plants, wildlife and people who depend on them. While no one can predict exactly what climate change will mean for our Great Lakes, scientists agree that the following changes are likely if climate change patterns continue.
The good news is that we can all work to slow climate change and lessen its effects. To find out more about climate change and how we can all help, please visit the following links.
Climate change is mainly the result of rising CO2 levels in Earth´s atmosphere. Check out the most current CO2 level and what it means: CO2 Now [exit DNR]
General climate change information and actions we can all take to help (includes a special section for teachers and students): EPA Climate Change [exit DNR]
Climate Change Adaptation Workshops