Experts advise more action needed now against climate change

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — The most recent National Climate Assessment was released Friday, and experts are warning of local impacts.

The report, written by scientist from federal agencies, warns of more devastation we’re already facing, such as wildfires, stronger hurricanes and even crop failure here in the Midwest. Experts recommend now is when everyone should be taking steps to limit our impact, such as carbon emissions, otherwise they predict threats to air quality and more spreading of diseases are likely.

UW-Eau Claire Chemistry Professor and professor of Wastershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, James Boulter, told News 18 it’s going to take more than just switching to energy efficient light bulbs or driving a hybrid car to counteract what’s happening.

“We also need national level policies, and the way that happens, frankly is people have to get engaged, people have to contact their members of congress, and let their members on congress know that this is an issue of importance to them,” said Boulter.

Even though here in the Chippewa Valley, we aren’t threatened by hurricanes or wildfires, Boulter said our area will fell the effects through lower agricultural yield and topsoil loss. Boulter added many activities we enjoy outdoors will likely be impacted by increased heavy rains and warmer winters.

 

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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