Climate Change Could Prompt a Rebound – and Problems – in Great Lakes Region

July 11, 2019

Water washes over the East Pier in May 2019. Scientists are predicting more wet winters and more high water at least for a few more years due to climate change. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Water washes over the East Pier in May 2019. Scientists are predicting more wet winters and more high water at least for a few more years due to climate change.

WASHINGTON – The fresh water of the Great Lakes may protect the region from the worst ravages of climate change – and could even help the region’s population to rebound as other parts of the nation find themselves parched by the heat or flooded by rising sea levels.

That’s what a panel of scientists had to say this week during a Capitol Hill briefing on “Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes.”

Climate change will alter the region dramatically, the scientists said. Stormier weather, possible increases in lake-effect snow and an increasing threat from invasive species all count among the threats the Great Lakes region faces.

But the scientists acknowledged those threats don’t quite compare to the rising sea levels that threaten to reclaim parts of Florida or the 110 degree days that could become common in the Southwest.
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