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Report: Climate change could drastically change Great Lakes region

Climate change in West Michigan will lead to a laundry list of environmental concerns, and not much else. That's according to a new report released Thursday by a team of researchers from universities primarily based in the M idwest. According to the report, the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought.

Farming could be hit especially hard, with heavy rains delaying spring planting and dry spells requiring more irrigation during summer.

Beaches, dunes and shorelines will be more vulnerable to erosion, while severe algae blooms will make swimming unsafe.

Commissioned by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center the report found that the warming climate will mean bigger and bigger lake effect snowstorms during the winter months.

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