Scientists Report Global Warming Already Has Foothold in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Entire Great Lakes Region
22 Feb 2006 22:08 GMT
Minnesota scientists are reporting that they are already seeing some rather dramatic changes in Minnesota's most cherished natural resources: the north woods, the moose, the walleye. "If you're a moose, and it's the middle of summer, and you're panting, you just have a lot less time for eating", said Mark Lenarz with the State Department of Natural Resources in a KARE 11 TV News Extra. "In the summer of 2005 we had dew points in the 80's. This is like Bombay, India. It's not like Minneapolis/St Paul!", said Minnesota state climatologist Mark Seeley. According to Minnesota wildlife biologist Bill Berg, "maple basswood trees are coming up at least 50 years ahead of the predicted timelines". Walleye reproduction has been falling in Lake Pepin according to state fisheries scientist Don Pereira, who claims "What we saw in those Pepin data, in those summers when they (walleye) didn't grow very well because it was really warm, the following spring there was reduced production of young walleyes".