The effects of a changing climate are clear: Increased precipitation, rising temperatures and human development across the basin have changed Lake Michigan and the lives of millions along the coast.
The Chicago Tribune
As Michigan’s current coastal residents cope with erosion concerns, the story of Singapore is a reminder of the power of nature and how human development can accelerate its forces.
Tom Frank was at his restaurant when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio. Frank’s restaurant was one of many businesses and homes affected in an upstate New York town, where flooding is the most conspicuous example of how a changing climate is having a profound effect on Lake Ontario.
The marshland on the central Lake Ontario shore provides a series of clues about how more precipitation, warmer temperatures and a historically high lake have changed the natural environment.
A delicate ecosystem was disrupted in Comoros, off East Africa, when forests were cleared to make way for farmland. The consequences offer lessons for other parts of the developing world.
Ice fishing, curling, and other winter activities popular on Lake Superior may be fading into history.
As the original motherland for Native American and First Nation tribes, these islands and neighboring coastal areas play an important role in their culture, faith and traditions.
In a continuing series on climate change's effects on the Great Lakes, The Chicago Tribune turns its attention to rising waters on Lake Huron.
Every year, an explosion of microscopic life reigns over western Lake Erie, forming a green slick of algae and bacteria so massive and vibrant that it can be seen from space.
Harmful algae blooms and dead zones have killed or forced many Lake Erie fish to migrate.
As agricultural runoff and urban wastewater pour into Lake Erie, the nutrients and warmth of the shallowest Great Lake give rise to massive blooms of algae and bacteria.
These ecological threats could have wide-ranging impacts on wildlife, fishing industries and coastal recreation.