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Effect of climate change on Great Lakes' algae under review
Traverse-City Record Eagle (6/22)
Climate change experts are trying to predict what effect climate change will have on the waters of the Great Lakes — including the possibility of a surge of algal blooms.

Great Lakes mayors support efforts to address climate change
The Toledo Blade (6/15)
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative announced at its annual conference in Montreal, Quebec, it is pushing forward with efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the eight-state, two-province region.

Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure
Model D (10/17)
In Detroit, recent flooding has highlighted the need for improved stormwater management. For years, average citizens could do little to help, but ‘Rain Gardens to the Rescue’, a program started in 2011, gives everyone the tools to make a difference.

Climate change disrupts the migratory clock for Great Lakes songbirds
North Country Public Radio (9/6)
Some of the migratory songbirds that pass through the Great Lakes region are already on the move, but these birds are being affected by climate change - and that could put them in danger.

5 Chicago communities will use data to plan for climate change
Next City (8/24)
In Chicago, Ill., the American Planning Association received a $300,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help communities incorporate climate data into capital improvement plans.

Climate change warning signs getting stronger
The Toledo Blade (8/8)
Climate change is becoming more pronounced across our planet, with effects in the region including more toxic algae and faster evaporation of Great Lakes water.

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General Resources
Climate Change and Variability Program
NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
This research program brings together projects that examine the potential effects of climate change on the Great Lakes water resources and ecosystem.

Global Climate Change Resources
Sustainable Minnesota
Information on climate change in Minnesota and worldwide as well as plots of annual temperature trends.

Great Lakes Regional Climate Change Assessment
The Great Lakes assessment is one of 19 regional assessments sponsored by the U.S. EPA and coordinated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Great Lakes Regional Assessment team consists of more than 30 faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and external collaborators from around the region.

Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Basin
Environment Canada and NOAA
The goal of this 1998 project is to improve our understanding of the complex interactions between climate variability and change, the environment, and social and economic systems so that informed regional adaptation responses can be developed for the sustainable management of the Basin.

The Potential Impacts of Global Warming on the Great Lakes Region
Includes critical findings for the Great Lakes region from the first National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

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GLIN: Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region

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