Climate change causes water depletion in Michigan

So coincidentally we’ve been talking about a lot of the same stuff in my ISB as ISP!  Climate change, global warming, acid rain, all things of the sort.  I find it kind of difficult to connect major world issues to just the state of Michigan.  I’d say that the strangest thing about climate change is what it’s doing to our overall rising temperatures and day-to-day weather.  Most of us were really digging that week of pure summer bliss.  80 degree, beautiful, sunny weather.  A little bit of rain here and there.  It was only a matter of time until it became super chilly after that.

Regardless of whether or not we like this weather, the warmth and sunniness, the problems associated with climate change outweigh the benefits of the weather.  Along with hotter, sunnier days, we will be more prone to precipitation.  That means more rain, more thunderstorms, even more tornadoes!  Of course we don’t want any more of that, but we’ve already been seeing it, and throughout the whole midwest!  What about over spring break?  All those crazy tornadoes were going on while my best friend was trying to make a road trip to Florida through it *facepalm.*

Additionally, another problem associated with climate change is drought.  There is major concern about water in Michigan, and the increasing need for it due to climate change and population.  There is also predicted to be a much longer growing season for crops and more droughts throughout them.  Although we will experience a large increase of precipitation, it’s going to be more severe storms as I afore mentioned.  According to MSU geography professor Jeff Andresen, the increased drought despite the fact of more precipitation “…is due to an intensification of the hydrologic cycle.” In addition to that longer, dryer, growing season, new exotic species have been seen in different ecosystems, causing imbalances and posing potential threats to crops.

I feel as though if we don’t do something about the depletion of the ozone layer and climate change soon, it could lead to terrible effects on future generations.  But I can’t really think of anything else we can do besides the obvious; pass more green laws, find alternative forms of fuel, save energy in our every day lives.  What else could really be done to stop this problem of drought and water loss?

Blog post by: Kary Askew

References:

http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2012/03/climate_change.html

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article_5f38bb86-e030-5f16-9441-8c6026d83e55.html

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4 responses

  1. Yes I think many people did enjoy the weather being summer-like in very early spring, but I am afraid what it could do to the agricultural community by having this unseasonable weather coming in and out on a weekly basis. Not only is the water depletion hurting the soil levels, the temperature makes the asparagus come up way to early, with the migrants that pick the bulk of it not even being in the state yet, causing economic issues. The fruit trees are budding way too early, with the bees not yet out to pollinate and the looming threat of frost ever present to kill an entire market out like cherries or peaches; this makes for even more pressing issues like the prices in the stores of these items, the amount of food available and the livelihood of the farmers being at stake. The weather is an issue that is a constant concern for agriculture and I’m sure the farmers almanac writers are getting a workout because of it. The mitigation that can be used to stop the climate change is becoming a bit monotonous true, but until we actually start acting on the words that are being said it is just white noise. We must start recycling, investing in green energy, cutting back on personal consumption of gas/electricity, and using more environmental friendly products and processes. Until we actually act like we are being affected by these changes negatively, we will just stay in a state of stasis and the pot will just continue to get warmer.

    Rachael Hindman

  2. Climate change is a huge topic on the minds of people all across the United States. When politicians are asked about humans influence on the changes in weather and what people call “global warming,” some just don’t take it seriously enough. A lot kids simply are excited that summer is coming early without realizing the negative impacts it is leaving on our environment. I know that some events are natural, but I truly believe that humans don’t realize the impact they have and how important their actions can be. I think when it comes to climate change, mitigation is very important. Humans are adding large amounts of heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere. Emissions from power plants, industry, businesses, and homes account for nearly two-thirds of heat-trapping emissions in the Great Lakes region. Forward-thinking energy policies that promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and cleaner fossil fuel generation can significantly reduce emissions from these sources. Even more simply, recycling and cutting back on electricity consumption can make a huge difference. Even using reusable grocery bags or using more environmentally friendly products. I don’t think people realize the difference they can make, even if it’s just doing little things here and there. This issue isn’t going to go away by itself so it’s time humans take action.

    Emily Bildson

  3. Climate Change is happening. There is no question about the evidence because it is there. We have caused it and now all we can do is try to mitigate the effects it will have on our lives, economy, jobs, environment, and kids. Many people do not realize that it is not as easy as just recycling or carpooling because of the high costs, both monetary and socially, of energy conservation and research. In order to maximize recycling, there has to be a receptacle when a person needs it and a way to convert the material into other products. This is finally starting to catch-on in most cities and communities because of the convenience factor. No longer does someone have to drive long distances to dispose of their plastics, cardboard, or newspaper. Many were unwilling to do this at first because the pollution from their car to get there was worse than just throwing the item away in the first place. But if we do not take action to combat climate change, the effects will be much worse than smog or high-priced water. It will ruin Michigan’s economy with the water level decreasing in the Great Lakes and water transport becoming more expensive than trucking or flying (both of which severely pollute the environment). The benefits of small actions will greatly influence the future. Spending a little money now to improve how we do things will hopefully avoid huge costs in the future.

    Tyler Luce

  4. Julianne Butler | Reply

    Though you may think that these mitigation efforts are obvious, their potential impact should never be underestimated. Without a doubt, it is better to take these actions rather than to sit by and watch climate change take place without even attempting to interfere. You mentioned alternative forms of fuel as one possible strategy to alleviate the negative impact of global warming. I think this strategy is particularly important for Michigan. As we are a lead producer of automobiles, there is so much our state can do when it comes to producing cars that produce less emissions. Once production of such automobiles becomes more and more common, it is only a matter of time before nearly everyone will be driving them. Wouldn’t it be ideal if such automobiles eventually became the norm? Of course, we are each just one person and while this goal may not be realistic for us in our daily lives, there are still other options we can partake in such as carpooling, riding a bike or walking instead of driving, and planting trees to decrease the speed of climate change.

    Julianne Butler

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