Chestnut farmers cope with lower yields

Michigan’s chestnut growers are facing the same problems other fruit growers confront this year.

The early surge of temperatures in March and the inevitable cold weather in April and May curtailed nut production, just as it did for apples and cherries.

Climate change may spur northward advance of Great Lakes invaders

Amid concern and confusion over Asian carp possibly finding their way into the Great Lakes, many experts involved in the controversy agree that other invasive species are likely to show up too.

Non-native wildlife are common in the Great Lakes, with more than 140 species living in them. Sea lampreys were first found in Lake Ontario in the 1830s.

Climate change study to help cherry growers assess global supply, markets and competitors

By Steve Davy
Nov. 6, 2009

Despite the global nature of modern industries there has never been a study measuring the impact of climate change across an industry. Until now. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to an international research team to study climate change and the tart cherry industry. The aim of the study is to provide tart cherry farmers with a global perspective on their industry.

Report: Climate change greatest threat to national parks; Indiana Dunes among most at risk

Click each park to see its threats. View Great Lakes Parks in Peril in a larger map
By Haley Walker and Yang Zhang
Nov. 4, 2009

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is among U.S. national parks most vulnerable to climate change, according to a recent report. The park on the southern end of Lake Michigan faces an increase in flooding, overcrowding and air pollution and a loss of wildlife, plants and fish. Other parks in the Great Lakes region are also at risk of these effects.

Foggy future of Great Lakes climate puts pressure on Michigan cherry growers

By Andrew McGlashen
The Daily Climate

In the glacier-carved hillsides of northwest Michigan where half of America’s tart cherries grow, climate change is already in full bloom. The state is two degrees warmer on average than it was 30 years ago, and it’s generally wetter, said Michigan State University geographer Jeffrey Andresen, the state climatologist. There’s less ice on the Great Lakes, allowing for more evaporation and more lake-effect snow in cherry country. Farther north, Lake Superior has warmed five degrees since 1979. More importantly for growers, cherry blossoms now appear seven to ten days earlier than they did three decades ago, leaving them susceptible to potentially devastating spring frosts.

Climate change law will boost state economy

(MI) Detroit Free Press – Climate change legislation working its way through Congress provides real opportunities for Michigan’s economy. Opponents are quick to overstate the costs, using scare tactics and bogus science, while refusing to discuss the cost of doing nothing. Yet strong climate legislation is needed to help Michigan make the transition to a new economy for the 21st Century, and to protect our state against the threats posed by climate change. Michigan’s largest industrial employers — including Dow Chemical, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, along with the UAW — support strong climate legislation.* They want the regulatory certainty that will allow them to invest confidently in new, cleaner technologies. More