Virtual Badger Talk from Delavan, WI: "Changing Climate and Waters of Wisconsin" | WisCommunity


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This free, virtual talk is hosted by the Aram Public Library. You can register for the event here:

Wisconsin’s climate is changing owing to increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Impacts of climate change are affecting Wisconsin lakes, streams, and wetlands through the warming climate and increases in precipitation and extreme rain events. These changes result in declines in ice cover (an early minor canary), flooding by surface and ground waters (major direct effects on us), and habitat for fishes and other aquatic organisms. Adaptation is necessary to reduce impacts on us and the environment we have come to love and on which we depend. However, adaptation is not sufficient; we are having to cope and live with the negative influence of a changing climate. To reduce even more extreme future changes, reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) are required. Again, mitigation alone is not sufficient because the impacts of climate change on Wisconsin’s waters are already upon us.

John J. Magnuson is an Emeritus Professor of Zoology and past Director of the Center for Limnology (interdisciplinary study of lakes, streams, and wetlands) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his BS and MS from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He played a lead role in the lakes and streams portions of the 1995 and 2001 assessments by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was a co-chair of the Waters of Wisconsin Project for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters (2001-03) and for the “Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts” (2007-2011). Presently, he has been publishing research on climate change and its effects on lake ice seasonality.



Mar 4 2021 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm