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Warming to produce mixed bag, prof predicts

November 26, 2007

Global warming will make winters in northwest Indiana feel like those in southern Ohio by 2030, with implications for business, a University of Illinois professor says.

Quoted in the Times of Munster, Don Wuebbles said soybeans and wheat could be helped by the longer growing season, but that extremes in rain and drought could hurt the crops.

Longer summers would prolong recreational opportunities, but the heat would cause more waterborne diseases and problems with air quality, said Wuebbles, who heads the university's school of earth, society and environment.

Lake levels would fall, but flooding would become more common due to intense rains.
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