Great lakes Minnesota Overview

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Confront the Challenge
• Climate in the Region
• The Report
• Technical Background
• For Teachers

Explore the Impacts
• Overview
• Migrating Climates
• Water Resources
• Sense of Place

Discover the Solutions
• Overview
• Solutions where we Live
• Reducing our Emissions
• Managing our Response
• Ten Personal Solutions

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Climate Change in Minnesota


Climate Projections
Forests & Wildlife
Human Health
Lakes, Streams, & Fish
Property and Infrastructure
Recreation & Tourism
Water Supply & Pollution
Wetlands & Shorebirds
Climate Solutions
Resources & Links

From the boundary waters and the great northern boreal forests to the northern tallgrass prairie, water is a critical element of Minnesota’s rich ecological character. Lake Superior borders the state to the northeast, the Mississippi and Red rivers define large portions of the eastern and western borders respectively, and there are thousands of inland lakes throughout the state. This bounty of water has helped to create many rich and diverse ecosystems. Minnesotans benefit from the many recreational, inspirational, and economic opportunities provided by this diversity of ecosystems.


It is precisely these ecological and natural resources that are at risk from climate change. This change is largely driven by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity and drive our cars, which in turn emit gases—principally carbon dioxide—that blanket the planet and trap heat. The resulting fundamental change in the Earth's atmosphere and climate is affecting people and the environment in the Great Lakes region.

In the Minnesota section of this web feature, we explore what a changing climate could mean for the state. Specifically, we examine how climate is projected to change in Minnesota; how these changes may impact human health, agriculture, forests and wildlife, water supplies, property and infrastructure, aquatic ecosystems, as well as tourism and recreation; and how Minnesotans can help reduce these potential impacts by pursuing several solutions strategies.

After you’ve learned about the threats that a changing climate pose to Minnesota, please take a couple of minutes to tell policymakers to begin tackling the problem. This is easy to do on our action pages.

Minnesota State Summary Global Warming Solutions: Minnesota
Impacts on Minnesota Communities and Ecosystems Global Warming Solutions for Minnesota

Photo Credits:
Loon -- US Fish and Wildlife Service, Art Weber.
Sunset -- LHR Images, Larry Ricker.
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