‘It used to be a fun place’ – how climate change can make lakes unattractive
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‘It used to be a fun place’ – how climate change can make lakes unattractive

Kiara Lawrence
Kiara Lawrence

In 10 seconds? Researchers have found that increasing temperatures due to climate change reduce lakes’ ice coverage. This is detrimental to their water levels and quality, aquatic species, and, the local economy built around them.

What’s the story? This research demonstrates how climate change is not only a threat to people but all life forms. Global observations suggest that temperatures have risen by more than 1 degree Celsius (°C) since the late twentieth century. Climate change does not only affect temperature but has decreased humidity, increased air pollution, surface wind stillness, and increased intensity of extreme weather conditions (increase in both high wind and precipitation events in some regions, with an increase in drought conditions in others). In this Digest, we will start by looking at the ‘inverse stratification’ of lakes and how climate change has affected them.

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