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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

how does weather change affect you?

I know there are plenty of folks out there who don't believe that we're facing major climate change and even some scientists who forward the idea.

This post isn't intended to be a discussion of that, but rather a reporting of information from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service.

They have a recent article up about a report from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

Here is a portion of the article,

"Here are some of the potential impacts of continued changes in Wisconsin’s climate that WICCI working groups have identified:


—While longer growing seasons may help boost agricultural production, hotter summers could reduce yields of crops such as corn and soybeans.

–Warmer winters and longer growing seasons will also provide good conditions for pests and disease.

Public health and safety

–Summer heat waves will become more frequent and last longer.

–Accumulations of smog and ground-level ozone could pose more frequent air-quality hazards.

–Roads, bridges, and urban areas will face greater risk of damage from intense storms, with more heavy rain events overwhelming storm drains and sanitary sewers.

–Diminishing ice cover, changing water levels, and higher winds over the Great Lakes could increase shoreline erosion and risks to shoreline property.

Water resources

–Rising winter temperatures will continue to shorten the average duration of lake ice cover.

–More frequent heavy rains will wash polluted runoff into lakes, triggering more algae blooms and other water quality concerns, and affect the biological integrity of wetlands.


–Earlier onset of spring will alter relationships between plants and pollinators, affecting reproduction cycles.

–Some wildlife, fish, and tree species now at the edge of their biological ranges in Wisconsin may move out of the state, while species more tolerant of warmer temperatures will expand."

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