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New report paints grim picture of impact of climate change in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin farmers can expect to see more crops damaged by extreme weather as a result of climate change. In addition, the Great Lakes could shrink, forests recede and air conditioning bills climb.

Those are the highlights from a report released by the Obama administration Tuesday. It's a report Wisconsin climate experts describe as a summary of studies on the challenges created by climate change.

Scientists say Wisconsin has been warming since at least 1950, with longer growing seasons that have benefited some farmers. However, those benefits are likely to be offset by damage from floods, drought and other extreme weather.

The report also predicts warmer temperatures will cause Wisconsin's northern forests to recede and water levels in the Great Lakes to drop, affecting fish.

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