Report Says Climate Change Threatening Summer Recreational Activities

Aug 17, 2018

Satellite photo of algae blooms in Lake Erie
Credit National Aeronautics and Space Administration

A new study from an environmental group shows traditional summer activities are threatened by climate change. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Frank Szollosi works on clean Great Lakes issues for the National Wildlife Federation. He says a new study should cause a sense of urgency.

Szollosi: “Some of our most iconic summer experiences are at risk if we don’t confront climate change.”


The study says beaches on the west coast are in danger of being wiped out by rising sea levels; algae, inflamed by higher temperatures, threatens recreation on Lake Erie; and even Major League Baseball now has standards for storing balls in humidors because of high humidity.


Szollosi says these extreme weather pattern changes also threaten the tourism economy and can lead to higher electric bills.


The study calls for a reduction in fossil fuel emissions and adopting stronger land and water management practices.