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What is the long-term ramification of warmer winters here in Michigan?

Climate projections across the Midwest point to warmer winters, earlier springs and warmer summers. This fosters conditions suitable for higher precipitation, which leads to a greater risk of vector-borne diseases. Examples include mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and tick-carried diseases such as Lyme disease.

Heat waves featuring high temperatures, high humidity and stagnant air masses could become more common and may lead to increased levels of heat-related illness.

Predicted increased precipitation and flooding from such events can also lead to runoff from sewage and septic systems potentially increasing the risk of water-borne diseases and, in some cases, harmful algal blooms in our most precious Great Lakes.