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Tributaries of Lake Erie aren't catching fire as they did a half-century ago.
But by several important measures, the lake -- generally considered the bellwether for the health of the other four Great Lakes -- has declined to a point as bad as or worse than it has ever been.
For the full editorial, see "Lake Erie dead again?", Detroit Free Press, October 16, 2011.
For a related article, see Barbara Arrigo, "Hope drifts away for good policy on ballast water", Detroit Free Press, October 16, 2011.
Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said 98% of scientists actively researching climate agree that the science is sound. Polls in the past year show fewer believe global warming is a problem than in 2007 when Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the issue.
Many meteorologists blame recent severe weather on either La Niña or El Niño, cyclical patterns based on ocean temperatures first noticed in South America centuries ago.
But some scientists say the frequency of La Niña and El Niño patterns has increased, likely the result of climate change driven by greenhouse gases.
For the full article, see Tina Lam, "Recent weather proves climate crisis, Gore says at Wayne State", Detroit Free Press, October 14, 2011.
For another article, see Jonathon Oostling, "Al Gore draws parallels between Great Lakes preservation and global climate crisis", MLive, October 14, 2011.
For another, see Jim Lynch, "Al Gore ties 'climate crisis' to Great Lakes", Detroit News, October 14, 2011.
The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center is a NOAA-funded collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. On November 3, we will host a half-day symposium in Ann Arbor. The symposium will introduce GLISA’s work on issues related to climate change and variability, with a keynote address by Kathy Jacobs, director of the U.S. National Climate Assessment.
Details are available on our website:
GLISA Symposium 2011
Featuring: GLISA Overview, Research Projects, and Keynote Address by Kathy Jacobs, USGCRP
Date: 11/3/2011 (Thursday)
Time: 1:00 – 4:30pm; reception 4:30 – 6:00pm
Location: Forum Hall, 4th floor, U-M Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
Map » http://palmercommons.umich.edu/directions/
GLISA's half-day symposium will introduce the Great Lakes community to its current work and research on climate variability and change in the region. Speakers from the GLISA Core Team will discuss its Climate Data Programs, Analysis of Regional Reports, and Stakeholder Network Analysis. Researchers funded through the GLISA annual Grants Competition will summarize their projects and initial findings, and Kathy Jacobs of the National Climate Assessment will give the keynote address.
For more details, visit http://glisa.umich.edu .
The costly toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie in August was the worst since the early 1960s, several scientists who studied it said Wednesday in Detroit. The culprit is phosphorus washed into rivers from agriculture.
For the full article, see Tina Lam, "Toxic algae getting worse in Lake Erie", Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2011.
Six highly polluted areas in Michigan, including the St. Clair River, will get a big push from the EPA to finish long-term cleanups over the next two years, said Lisa Jackson, administrator of the agency, as she attended a Great Lakes conference Wednesday at Wayne State University.
For the full article, see Tina Lam, "6 highly polluted Michigan areas to get cleanup push", Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2011.
For another see Tina Lam, "EPA vows to help fund cleanup of 6 toxic waterways in Michigan", Detroit Free Press, October 12, 2011.
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