The bright side is that Michigan won’t be half underwater in 100 years like some states. On the less than bright side, this graphic in the Freep shows what Michigan could look like in 2100 as a result of global warming’s impacts. Swampy shores, Mississippi hot, vanished songbirds, dying trout and a lot of snowmobiles with for sale signs on them.
A related article talks about Michiganders who are showing Al Gore’s slide show on Climate Crisis (popularized in the movie An Inconvenient Truth) and gives some dates where it will be presented. The article also points out a local angle:
Henry Pollack, a retired University of Michigan geology professor, served as Gore’s science adviser for two of the Tennessee training sessions. His job was to get the science across, point out errors and answer trainees’ questions, something he still does by e-mail.
“We went through it slide by slide,” he said of the training. Pollack pointed out half a dozen minor errors in the slide show the first time and said each was fixed by the second session.
I saw the movie and was struck by the sheer weight of the data. Seems to me that the point isn’t about politics, it’s about survival. Watching a lake greater than any of the Great Lakes drained in the span of years was quite shocking. If you’ve seen the movie or the slideshow, I’d be interested in your comments. If you haven’t, I really have to recommend that you do.