Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Protecting the Great Lakes Is Vital for the Economy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Protecting the Great Lakes Is Vital for the Economy

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Thank you for the informative article on April 27 covering how the Trump administration's plans to repeal environmental rules will impact the Great Lakes region ("Efforts to Repeal Environmental Rules Face Hurdles"). The Great Lakes are an important economic engine, an important ecological resource and a source of fresh drinking water for many cities.

Protecting the Great Lakes region is going to be made even more challenging by climate change. As the article notes:"It's made more difficult by climate change. Warmer waters are an issue," said Lana Pollock, U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission. She mentioned heavier downpours that push algae-forming nutrients into the water and biological changes brought by zebra mussels and quagga mussels.

The vast majority of scientists say greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from fossil fuel use, are the cause of the climate change and extreme weather. …

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