Climate change forecasts are gloomy

Josh Fannin / Advance Titan

In nearly every region of Wisconsin, the effects of climate change are impacting people, communities, and the environment.

The Wisconsin 2021 Climate Change Impacts Initiative (WICCI), a project led by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is an assessment that analyzes the impacts climate change in the state.

Since WICCI’s last assessment report in 2011, “new data show continued warming, increased rain and snow, and more frequent extreme precipitation,” the latest report says.

“Statewide temperatures have warmed about 3 degrees Fahrenheit and precipitation has increased nearly 20% since 1950,” the assessment said. “New analyzes reaffirm previous projections that many of these trends will continue, with widespread consequences for all of Wisconsin’s natural and built environments.”

The report also showed:
The past two decades have been the hottest on record and the past decade has been the wettest.
Warming occurs most rapidly in winter and at night.
Warmer and wetter conditions, extreme storms, summer droughts, milder winters and longer growing seasons amplify non-climate stressors to the point where various native habitats are simplified, associated wildlife species decline or disappear and species extinction rates are accelerating.

The report stresses the need for action on climate change at all levels of government and stresses “the need for a significant and rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions”.

The negative impacts of climate change on air, water, land, the built environment and people are highlighted throughout the report, along with solutions on how to respond to adverse effects locally. and national.

“Human health and safety in all Wisconsin communities are increasingly at risk from climate impacts such as flooding, the spread of disease, extreme heat, and exposure to pollution,” the report said. “Supporting climate resilience education, planning and projects will help local governments protect their businesses, residents, economy and infrastructure.”

The report also suggests solutions such as total adoption of clean energy, public financing of climate-resilient infrastructure, water conservation, promotion of effective conservation practices to make agriculture more resilient and the promoting environmental and climate justice.

Overall, the WICCI report is the most comprehensive assessment to date of climate change and its impact on Wisconsin, and it hopes to “help communities become more resilient to the impacts of climate change” through raising awareness. , education and research.

You can read the full report at


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