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Global warming hits home



Published: Sat, November 30, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Toledo Blade: It’s become evident — except to those deniers who are determined not to see it — that global climate change is aggravating the plague of toxic algae in western Lake Erie. If environmental concerns are not enough finally to force action on a broad front to clean up the lake, then the threat to a resource that contributes nearly $11 billion a year to northern Ohio’s tourism economy surely must be.

Elected officials propose several useful measures to curb toxic algae blooms, in Lake Erie and elsewhere. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman seeks to reauthorize a federal law that provides a vital research and response framework aimed at controlling harmful algae nationwide. Congress also needs to fund adequately, not starve, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

State Sen. Randy Gardner has introduced legislation that would greatly reduce open-lake disposal. Toledo Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins has pledged to pay more attention than his predecessor to operations at a facility along Maumee Bay that gets sewage sludge from the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Point Place and disposes of especially contaminated material dredged from the ship channel.

All of these measures are useful, and urgent, to deal with Lake Erie’s algae mess. But they will have only limited effect without a meaningful effort to address, rather than deny, the disastrous effects of global climate change — now.


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1eivo(1442 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

There is no way you could make this stuff up. Why on earth do these people persist in writing global warming articles when the globe is cooling?

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2aussiebear(1 comment)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I fail to see how Global Warming or Climate Change figures in to this article. There are mentions of cleaning up the lake and stopping open-lake disposal. How is NOT doing this and the ensuing toxic algae blooms related to GW/CC?? There is no correlation to the two!

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3mememine69(1 comment)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

How do we stop you remaining climate blame believers from telling our kids it "WILL BE" a crisis when science has agreed on nothing beyond just COULD BE a crisis and not one IPCC warning says; "inevitable" or "eventual". Science has not said it will so you can't either, although the kids are laughing now at this Reefer Madness of climate blame.

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4StevenGoddard(1 comment)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Temperatures around western Lake Erie have been almost exactly normal in 2013.

http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/products/map...

16th century witch burners convinced themselves that witches were cooking the weather. Nothing but superstition then - and now.

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