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Projected climate impacts for Michigan, including extreme heat events, extreme precipitation events leading to flooding, and extreme weather events (e.g., freezing rain, heavy snow), pose a significant threat to public health.
The State of Ohio does not have a state climate adaptation plan or an official Department of Health climate action plan. However, there are efforts underway to address the public health impacts of climate change in some city and county plans as well as efforts across nongovernmental organizations in the region.
The state of Iowa does not have a formal state climate action plan, however there are efforts within the state to address the impacts of climate change on public health, the environment, and communities. These efforts primarily focus on identifying climate change impacts, acquiring data and monitoring changes, and public outreach and education.
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Conservation / Restoration
The Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework covers 64 million acres of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan within Ecological Province 212 (Laurentian Mixed Forest) of the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units.
The Nature Conservancy’s vision of “climate-smart” conservation seeks to anticipate human responses to climate change, and considers the benefits to people that result from our actions to protect and restore nature. One key area for engagement and partnership has been work on state Wildlife Action Plans (WAP).
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Wisconsin Sea Grant (WSG) has a number of climate change-related education, outreach, and research initiatives underway. These projects are intended to support coastal community resilience and response to climate change impacts on built and natural systems.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (APIS) in Wisconsin is integrating climate change in its planning and operations. APIS became a member of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program in March 2008 and is incorporating the overall National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy into sustainability efforts on site.
The International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) is a project of the International Joint Commission (IJC). The IUGLS was established to identify and evaluate potential improvements to outflow regulation of Lake Superior to better address changing interests and climate, and resulting impacts on water flows, water levels, and associated resources in the Great Lakes region.
Climate impacts within the Great Lakes region include warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased frequency and intensity of storms, which are likely to affect human and natural systems in significant ways.