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