Climate Change Affecting Michigan

Climate change could mean more extremes in weather for Michigan and the Midwest. The White House predicts longer summers, with more frequent heat waves and higher humidity. This means a higher need for electricity, as people try to cool their homes and offices. While existing power stations could become less efficient in hotter weather.

Farmers could see longer growing seasons in the short term, but after a few decades the crops will not be as plentiful.

There will also be a higher chance for late-season freezes, like the one the wiped out most of the State's cherry crop in 2012.

For the Great Lakes, researchers are not sure if there would be much change in the water levels. However, there will be a higher risk for toxic algae and invasive species to spread and kill off native fish.