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July 31, 2013

BRADBERRY: Too much, not enough, water, water everywhere?

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Niagara Gazette — • Winters are getting shorter.

• Annual average temperatures are growing warmer.

• Extreme heat events are occurring more frequently.

• The duration of lake ice cover is decreasing as air and water temperatures rise.

• Heavy precipitation events, both rain and snow, are becoming more common.

The initial report, nearly 10 years old (by George W. Kling, et al, 2003) which is downloadable at www.uscusa.org/greatlakes fully examines these and other trends in detail and discusses the likelihood that they will continue into the future as well as certain steps we can take to mitigate the damage.

As the report concludes, “The consequences of these climatic changes will magnify the impacts of ongoing human disturbances that fragment or transform landscapes, pollute air and water, and disrupt natural ecosystems and the vital goods and services they provide.”

There are dozens of similar reports, many forecasting dire consequences if we are not compelled to take action, and there are other alleged “scientific reports” which allege that climate change is just a bunch of bunk; you be the judge; I prefer to heed the warnings of our own recent experience with too much water at one time in too many basements, and to ask the global scientific community to join us here in Niagara Falls on both sides of the border to try to figure out what to do about this while we still have time.

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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