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Great Lakes are warming more than twice as fast as the oceans, new study says

Dec 17, 2015

Our rapidly warming world has another high-profile victim — lakes.

An alarming new study says that freshwater lakes are warming at more than twice the pace of the oceans, and Lake Superior is the second-fastest warming lake studied, behind Sweden’s Lake Fracksjon.

The rest of the Great Lakes are also faring dismally, the study says, putting native fish in jeopardy, increasing the risk of invasive species and raising fears of widespread algae blooms.

Increased numbers of invasive species, like these mussels that were pulled from Lake Ontario in 2006, are one likely consequese of rapid warming in the Great Lakes.

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