Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems

This report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Ecological Society of America examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. While somewhat dated, it is still highly relevant, and is cited in numerous subsequent impact studies. An updated Executive Summary was also released in 2005, which considered the findings of over 24 additional studies in the region. State summaries are also available on an interactive and comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists website designed to represent the findings in this report. 

The report is intended to raise awareness of climate change and broaden understanding of its potential impacts and solutions for the Great Lakes region. It is written in an accessible style for the general public, state and national policymakers, and business leaders. The report explores the potential consequences of climate change for the community, economy, and environment of the region during the coming century. It also examines actions that can be taken now to help deter many of the most severe impacts of climate change.

Publication Date: January 1, 2003

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  • George W. Kling et al

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