As climate change directly impacts components of Great Lakes living such as agriculture, lakes, ecosystems, human health, and tourism. These in turn impact the overall strength of the Great Lakes’ economy. Although predicting future economical fortunes of a region is difficult, it is clear the changing climate will require investments in new infrastructure to deal with increased variability in rainfall, reducing dependence on snow-related tourism in some parts of the region, and adaptation of current farming practices to accommodate changing crop yields. All of these cost money, however with changing climate also comes opportunities for new industry particularly in the energy sector.
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