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CLIMATE CHANGE PACKAGE: CNS, in partnership with Great Lakes Echo, is providing a special six-story package of Michigan-focused stories about climate change. Each story can stand alone, be run as a series or be run as a package.
1st REGULAR SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGE AHEAD: Our first package of Michigan environmental stories for CNS members in partnership with Great Lakes Echo will move in early June.
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CLIMATEPACKAGE1MICHIGANIMPACT. Is Michigan the place to weather the climate? Tough call. On average, the Great Lakes region is 2 two degrees warmer than in 1912, according to MSU- U of M’s Great Lakes Integrated Sciences Assessment. “You’re literally looking at an ecological experiment taking place in front of our eyes,” the state climatologist says. By Jack Nissen & Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/CLIMATEPACKAGE1IMPACTPHOTO: A major storm in October 2011 brought up sediment and algae in the Great Lakes. Climate change could increase the number of events with heavy precipitation. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
CLIMATEPACKAGE2MOVETOMICHIGAN: Move to Sault Ste. Marie? Some Michiganders smirked when a Popular Science video suggested the state would be a good place to live in 2100 to escape the consequences of climate change. It’s true that Michigan is a little safer from the big bad climate change problems people know about. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/CLIMATEPACKAGE2MOVEPHOTO: Michigan’s relative resilience in the face of climate change may could make it a popular place to live in future generations. Credit: Ken Lund, Flickr.
CLIMATEPACKAGE3ALGAEBLOOMS: For climate change experts, it’s a world of “ifs” trying to predict what will happen to the waters of the Great Lakes — including a surge of algae blooms. A warmer climate is conducive to more harmful blooms, and causes include more nutrients from livestock, farm fields and urban streets that can run into the lakes. By Jack Nissen. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/CLIMATEPACKAGE3ALGAEPHOTO: Algal mats can contain bacteria harmful to humans and wildlife. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
CLIMATEPACKAGE4SPECIES: Warming temperatures are affecting wildlife, from invasive quagga mussels to southern and northern flying squirrels. How climate change manipulates relationships among organisms and ecosystems remains largely a mystery. The only predictable is that species that do well in warmer conditions might have an advantage over species that do well in colder conditions. By Jack Nissen. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/CLIMATEPACKAGE4SPECIESPHOTO: Quagga mussels from the bottom of Lake Michigan collected by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. Credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
CLIMATEPACKAGE5TOURISM: From Thompsonville to Cadillac to Beaver Island, warming temperatures are impacting winter and summer tourism in Michigan. How are resorts and outdoor recreation facilities adapting? By Jack Nissen. FOR ALL POINTS.
CLIMATEPACKAGE6STEPSAHEAD: If climate change is inevitable, that doesn’t mean consequences can’t be managed. Some state officials and academics are planning ahead to help people cope with the effects. Five things the state is doing: Deciding where to plant more trees. Deciding where fewer trees are needed. Emergency planning. Infrastructure upgrading. Research. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS.
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