A draft report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program indicates the midwestern U.S. will begin to experience more effects from climate change, according to a release from the University of Michigan.
Specifically, more frequent and more intense heat waves will affect the Midwest. Extreme rainstorms and floods will become more common, and risks to the Great Lakes will be worsened.
The full draft is available online. Public comments on the report will be accepted through April 2013.
Image: An illustration of the formation of a heatwave, which will become more intense in the Midwest (Credit: National Weather Service, via WIkimedia Commons)