Climate change negatively impacting Great Lakes, researcher says

Aug 11, 2014

Climate change is having a direct negative effect on the Great Lakes, including impacts to recreational value, drinking water potential, and becoming more suited to invasive species and infectious pathogens, according to a Grand Valley State University researcher.

The impact of climate change on the Great Lakes, as well as other natural resources in the United States, was explored in the report "Science, Education, and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources," recently released by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Kevin Strychar, an associate professor at Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute, co-authored one of the chapters.

Strychar researches on aquatic and marine ecosystems, and has studied climate change impacts on organisms for 16 years in countries from Australia and Palau to Canada and the United States.

Strychar spent the past year working with 35 other authors to compile the section on climate change. In the report, Strychar and his co-authors described the need to increase understanding of the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, water supplies, air quality, fire, disease transmission and species survival.

One of the many conclusions reached by the researchers was the need to develop technology that allows real-time monitoring and management of water systems.

"Climate change has occurred in the past, but this time, the frequency of change is too fast, not allowing animals enough time to adapt," Strychar said. "Further complicating this issue is that we need not only study individual animals but their inter- and intra-dependencies on other animals and on the environment.

"Ignoring the problem is no longer a solution. Denying the plausibility of climate change is foolhardy. We need to accept the problem and now, find solutions—or at least minimize its impact on society and our planet as a whole."

The full report focuses on six "grand challenges" that are facing the U.S. in the areas of , water, sustainability, agriculture, energy and education.

Explore further: The interaction of climate change, fire, and forests in the US

More information: To read the report, click here:

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1.4 / 5 (9) Aug 11, 2014
There would be no bloom on the lakes if there was no chemical run-off from certain farming practices.

Adding global warming to the mix is simply politics and yet-more hype.

However, please keep the hype coming. If there has always been one main reason for hoaxes to be exposed, it is over-the-top hype.

If everyone is NOT convinced of a given opinion, turn-up the hype.
1 / 5 (7) Aug 11, 2014
Also, a certain experiment would be nice to hear about.

Hawaii, Mauna Loa has been monitoring CO2 in the atmosphere since 1958. Some 56 years.

Has an Artic core sample been taken at the depth (from 1958) and that CO2 sample compared to the readings from 1958?

Are they the same? If not we have a "decay" or "leakage" component.

I doubt if the number should be higher, but that would be interesting if it were.

If a leak, then all core samples should have their determined values increased.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Aug 11, 2014
Oops.. wrong thread...
5 / 5 (5) Aug 11, 2014
Quoting the authors of the study ""Ignoring the problem is no longer a solution. Denying the plausibility of climate change is foolhardy. We need to accept the problem and now, find solutions—or at least minimize its impact on society and our planet as a whole."
1 / 5 (3) Aug 12, 2014
Ignoring the problem is no longer a solution

Ermmm... when has ignoring a problem ever been a solution.

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