Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wake up call regarding climate change in Minnesota

A report on Minnesota Public Radio, "Climate Change in Minnesota: More heat, more big storms", clearly indicated reason to be alarmed at our rapidly warming state and increasingly intense storms.  A few quick take aways:

  • This past century the state has warmed two degrees, and in some parts three degrees, with Minnesota winters warming faster than all of the other states.
  • The growing season is several weeks longer than it was in the 1970's.
  • There is has been an increase of 37 percent in the number of large rainfalls over the past 50 years, with many being the largest on record.
Many might be happy to see our cold winters becoming more mild.  However as the report indicates, this also dramatically impacts the wildlife, trees and plants which are native to this region. 

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