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Knowing is Half the Battle

2012 April 17

March in Chicago is usually cold and wet (averaging 45 degrees, rainy, and cloudy).  In fact, last March we had a few feet of snow and white out conditions. This March was completely different.  We’ve had much warmer temperatures – 80 degrees and sunny!

While it may seem like a change from blustery March days, I wonder about the long term effect it has on crops, other species and the environment as a whole. Over time, what does it mean for us, other species, and the environment’s long term survival?

Weather is a daily condition of the atmosphere with regards to temperature, moisture, etc. Climate is the long term average of weather conditions over time. Climate change is a little trickier to understand. I found a video from EPA and other federal agencies that helps explain it and its effects on wildlife.

Go to the EPA’s YouTube channel link to learn more:

Knowing is half the battle!

Yvonne Gonzalez is a SCEP intern with the Air and Radiation Division in Region 5.  She is currently pursuing a dual graduate degree at DePaul University

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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