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E-M:/ A warmer, lower Lake Erie

"There is now stronger evidence than ever of human-induced climate change," the report says.

New Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement report on Lake Erie warns:
  • The surface area of the lake, now covering 9,910 square miles, will be reduced by about 2,200 square miles.
  • The water level will drop between 6 inches and 32 inches and could fall by up to 39 inches by 2070.
  • The average water temperature of the lake will rise by 2 degrees to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lake evaporation will rise 8% to 22%.
  • Winter ice coverage will dip 53% to 86%.
  • New islands already are appearing in the western basin, close to Toledo.