David Beach | 07/24/06 @ 5:55pm
Yesterday's PD story about global warming and Lake Erie painted a rosy picture of a shrunken lake surrounded by rejuvenated wetlands. "Aesthetically, Ohio might come out ahead, with a lot more natural charm on its North Coast," the story said.
The trouble with this don't-worry-about-climate-change scenario is that the lake might also turn into an oxygen-depleted cesspool because of warmer temperatures, more polluted stormwater runoff from intense storms, and reduced water volume for the dilution of pollution. And, instead of restoring shoreline habitat, lakefront property owners would probably go ahead and develop their newly expanded property in the same ecologically destructive ways they have developed in the past 100 years.
Go here for a more complete picture of potential climate change impacts on Northeast Ohio. Don't forget all the mosquitoes and ticks carrying new and exciting diseases!