We’ve written before that Alaska is the canary in the coal mine, because the effects of global warming are showing up there first. Now we?ve learned that over ten thousand Alaskan lakes have shrunk or dried up in the last half century.
Most of this is due to evaporation caused by global warming. In LiveScience.com, Sara Goudarzi quotes researcher David Verbyla as saying, “Alaska is important in terms of waterfowl production, and if you have a lowering of the water table, that could have a potentially huge impact on waterfowl production.” Alaska’s economy depends on fishing as well.
Will lakes in the rest of the country be next? The government’s neglect about the subject of climate change is so extreme that it almost seems like some sort of conspiracy.
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