Climate Change To Wreak Havoc On Great Lakes Region (VIDEO)

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As the planet continues to swing past the tipping point toward the opposing end of the environmental pendulum, while climate change both becomes more frequent and intensifies, it’s hard to imagine any portion of the globe remaining unscathed, let alone unchanged. Now, according to PHYS.ORG, results from the National Climate Assessment prove the Great Lakes region is no exception.

A joint study between University of Michigan and Michigan State University recently issued a report as to what some of those great changes to the Great Lakes might be.

 

Heat Waves!

You know, those parts of summer you hate? They’ll get worse. Much worse, and they’ll increase in frequency, too. No doubt they’ll last longer while they’re at it. Though that may not pose such a threat to those sucking down energy with their air conditioners, not everyone can afford one. Many living below the poverty wage (an ever-increasing number in America lately) would be left to sweat it out. Let’s face it, eventually box fans are not going to do the trick. More than likely the elderly will be the greatest victims of the heat waves already beating through the windows of many other parts of the country. Record-breaking temperatures are being set regularly in the South and Out West each and every year. Energy consumption is sure to skyrocket, putting more strain on the already troubled environment.

Extreme Rainfall And Flooding!

All that heat coupled with melting ice caps makes for a lot of new moisture circulating about the globe. Consequently, rainfall will pick up significantly. Flooding, too, will become much more common. All that heat, water and resulting humidity makes for a lesser air quality for breathing, not to mention the surge in mosquitoes, ticks, and other parasitic creepy-crawlies it will bring. Along with those varmints come wider spread disease patterns and greater health risks for the population.

Ecosystem Turmoil!

With all the heat waves, extreme rainfall, flooding and disease, both the environment and the population will find itself in unprecedented turmoil, from erosion of soil, water quality plummeting, unforeseen complications with common transportation methods, to possible breakdowns in infrastructure. Much of the modern way of life and living day to day could be entirely upended as folks scramble to find ways to survive.

Fairing no better than people, fish and wildlife will begin to shift with the environment, just as plant life will. Algae blooms will increase and expand, killing off many fish, sending others elsewhere in search of more hospitable territory. Invasive species compatible with the altered environment will take over. Trees will shift northward, likely to be filled by trees that normally grow farther south. In essence, everything shifts, turns topsy-turvy, and the whole world will feel it.

Consider how much more all of this is made complicated by failing economies, lack of funds for infrastructure, lack of insurance by the population, and as Detroit has so recently and shamefully found out, even without a water supply. Now throw war, capitalism, racism and genocide on top of it all. This is what we’re up against as a planet before we can start working together well enough to save our own hides, at least until the sun burns out and the planet goes dark.

Program manager of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments collaboration Elizabeth Gibbons said:

“There is an urgent need for all of us to begin building resilience into our communities, natural systems and water management planning practices. The impacts of climate change are already being felt and will only increase in the years and decades to come.”

Agreed, but in an era when we cannot even pay our workers a livable wage, jobs are scarce, our infrastructure is crumbling and we’ve sacked all our school systems to line the pockets of corporate suckfish — when everywhere shines denial under the bright glare of the all-mighty-dollar — what happens when the money runs out?

H/T lakescientist.com.