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Climate Change and the Threats to the American Midwest

Climate Change and the Threats to the American Midwest

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IN BRIEF:

  • Climate change threatens the Midwest’s infrastructure, agriculture, economy and population.

  • Agricultural production is likely to become more variable, with longer growing seasons, but also threats from extreme weather events like heat waves, floods, and droughts.

  • Although the Great Lakes will remain one of the world’s largest freshwater resources, they will be threatened by invasive species, algae blooms, and changing inflows.

  • Urban areas of the region are already heavily polluted – warming will worsen air quality and increase the risks of spreading certain diseases.

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Climate Change and the Threats to the American Midwest

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