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Report: Fix Global Warming Now, or Pay a Big Price Later In Wisconsin

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September 26, 2007

Madison, WI – When it comes to global warming in Wisconsin, we can fix things now -- or pay a huge cost down the road. That's the conclusion of a report released today by the group Clean Wisconsin. Report coauthor Keith Reopelle says there's still time to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, but the state faces major economic consequences if climate change stays on its current track.

"One of the biggest impacts is higher crop losses due to more frequent and severe droughts and more frequent and severe storms, and losses in terms of livestock production because of additional heat stress on the livestock."

The report also warns of likely damage to shipping, tourism, and recreational fishing, along with more disease, as mosquito seasons last even longer.

Reopelle says there's also some good news. As the governor's task force on climate change considers solutions, Wisconsin could gain jobs and other economic benefits as it works to reduce pollution.

"While the threats are very significant, the solutions to global warming actually create some win-win opportunities, and a lot of them exist in terms of investments in energy efficiency and conservation."

Reopelle says people who see signs of global warming in the state can report them to a new hotline, at 1(800)WIS-WARM.

To view the report, visit www.cleanwisconsin.org.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI