Five Hobbies Lost with Climate Change
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Cold water trout and salmon streams throughout the US are likely to experience a increase in temperature as climate change continues. A recent study demonstrated that global warming is likely to spur the disappearance of trout and salmon from as much as 18% to 38% of their current habitat by the year 2090.
Photo by Scott Bosse
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Climate change has already increased heat across the country. Hot temperatures and stagnant waters create the perfect condition for blue-green algal blooms. Ingesting contaminated waters can cause swimmers to get very sick – from skin irritations to respiratory problems to even death.
Photo by Ron Ahle
The lack of water staying rivers, from climate change and increased use, is causing many rivers to run dry. Many communities depend on tourism from river sports. As climate change continues, the lack of water in the river is only likely to increase, causing river runners to panic as white or flat-water spot may disappear.
Photo by Greg Pflug
As sea levels begin to rise, coastal wetlands and beach habitats that are home to many birds are disappearing. The change in temperature is causing the timing of snowmelt and the amount of precipitation falling as rain as opposed to snow to change the amount of spring flows on rivers and streams across the country.
Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
With climate change altering precipitation patterns, the availability of ample clean water could affect beer supplies. In order to process a single barrel of beer, 1,500 gallons of water are utilized. Changing precipitation patterns – in either the form of not enough water or too much could affect the supply of water as well as the quality.
Photo by Helder Riberio