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Title:What Is and Is Not Known About Climate Change in Illinois: the Scientific Perspective
Author(s):Changnon, Stanley A.; Wendland, Wayne M.
Subject(s):Illinois Climate
global warming
fossil fuels
Abstract:This document summarizes previously published findings from various studies concerning 1) the potential future climate conditions for Illinois, and 2) the possible range of physical effects, economic impacts, and adjustments related to future changes in the state's climate. This document prepared in mid-1993 attempts to identify what is and is not known about the climate change issue as it relates to Illinois. Among the many problems now facing the environment, potential global warming due to global burning of fossil fuels, and the resultant greenhouse effect, rank at the top. Currently, fossil fuels supply about 80 percent of the energy we generate for heating and cooling in Illinois. While a general warming trend may not be too serious in itself, accompanying shifts in the amounts and distribution of rainfall and snowfall, changes in the levels of the Great Lakes, and the possibility of a forced change in the distribution biota such as forests, row crops, and wildlife would challenge the resourcefulness and resiliency of future generations (Changnon, 1989a, 1989b).
Issue Date:1994
Publisher:Illinois State Water Survey
Series/Report:ISWS Miscellaneous Publication MP-156
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright ... University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-06-04

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