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What's New
The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer
The Washington Post (7/23)
When five-inch storms drench Chicago in a 12-hour window, the Chicago River is reversed away from the Mississippi Basin and into Lake Michigan, shutting down the beach for three days and tainting Goose Island Beer Company’s most important resource.

COMMENTARY: Mismanagement, not global warming, caused Chicago sewage overflows
Forbes (7/23)
Global warming is not the reason why Chicago’s 1800s-era sewer system occasionally floods people’s basements, the culprits are the age of Chicago’s sewer system and the city’s tremendous population growth since the 1800s.

New report: State of the Climate in 2013
(7/18)
In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators — greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc. — continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online this week by the American Meteorological Society.

Binational Great Lakes Quarterly Climate Impact Report
(7/14)
Spring 2014 for the Great Lakes region was the 5th coldest since 1948. What could this mean for the summer forecast? For a binational overview of the latest season's weather, water level conditions, and related impacts, plus an outlook for the upcoming quarter, review the Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook: Great Lakes Region via the U.S. Drought Portal.

Specialist calls for climate change strategy
Blackburn News (7/8)
A specialist with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation says the last couple of weeks of strong weather have been an effective demonstration of the impact of climate change.

Climate change likely to increase Lake Erie algae blooms
(6/30)
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of intense spring rain storms in the Great Lakes region throughout this century and will likely add to the number of harmful algal blooms and "dead zones" in Lake Erie, according to a University of Michigan aquatic ecologist.

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General Resources
Climate Change and Variability Program
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
This research program brings together projects that examine the potential effects of climate change on the Great Lakes water resources and ecosystem.

Global Climate Change Resources
Sustainable Minnesota
Information on climate change in Minnesota and worldwide as well as plots of annual temperature trends.

Great Lakes Regional Climate Change Assessment
The Great Lakes assessment is one of 19 regional assessments sponsored by the U.S. EPA and coordinated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Great Lakes Regional Assessment team consists of more than 30 faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and external collaborators from around the region.

Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Basin
Environment Canada and NOAA
The goal of this 1998 project is to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between climate variability and change, the environment, and social and economic systems so that informed regional adaptation responses can be developed for the sustainable management of the Basin.

The Potential Impacts of Global Warming on the Great Lakes Region
Includes critical findings for the Great Lakes region from the first National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Weather
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GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Hydrology
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Flows
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels
GLIN: Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region

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