Warm Winter Woes: Climate Change Disrupts Life in US Midwest

Joseph Kuzma’s childhood memories of ice fishing and driving across the frozen Lake Erie starkly contrast with today’s reality in Port Clinton, Ohio, where the sound of waves replaces the once familiar crunch of ice. The dramatic decrease in ice cover on Lake Erie and across the Great Lakes reflects a broader trend of warming winters attributed to climate change. With ice levels hitting historic lows—this year’s ice cover was around 4% compared to the historical average of 40%—and cities like Grand Forks, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St Paul experiencing their warmest winters on record, the effects of human-made climate change are becoming increasingly evident. The decline in ice not only disrupts traditional winter activities but also signals significant environmental shifts that are expected to persist and intensify. Read More

News Credit: The Guardian

Picture Credit: Stephen Starr

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