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MI - Michigan Saw Impacts of Climate Change in 2019, Including Record Great Lakes Water Levels

The United Nations annual climate talks in Madrid, Spain ended with a general call for greater efforts to tackle climate change, but no agreement on concrete steps to reduce global warming. The meetings capped a year in which the effects of climate change became more apparent around the world and the Great Lakes.

Nick Schroeck is an environmental policy expert and an associate dean at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He blames a lack of leadership.

“There was a lot of infighting about technical details of how to try to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord,” Schroeck says. “I think this conference has been largely viewed as a failure, a missed opportunity to get us to those targets where we need to be.”

While nations struggle to find common ground on fighting climate change, people are seeing a wide range of problems. Warming oceans, for example, affect the weather.

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