Climate Change: Overview
At this point, climate change is inevitable, and we're already seeing its effects. Over the past few decades, the emissions from factories, vehicles, and many other sources have caused average temperatures to rise, storms to increase in intensity, and droughts to become more frequent. Many unique organisms are becoming increasingly rare, and some have already been lost. National parks (including the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area) are one of the places being hit hardest, because they often are home to rare wildlife and biomes.
Fortunately, improvements are already being made. Advances in technology have given us more fuel efficient vehicles, water saving plumbing, advanced recycled materials, and more. Numerous communities are working toward emitting and wasting less around the globe. In fact, cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul have seen drastic reductions in water usage over the past decade, without putting forth too much effort.
Slowing climate change doesn't need to be tough. Putting forth a little effort as an individual, a family, or a community can make a huge change. With a little cooperation, we can start to turn the effects of global climate change around.
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.