Upcoming Briefing: Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes

Please Join the Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Northeast-Midwest Institute for a Congressional briefing on the impacts climate change is having on the Great Lakes and the region.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Congressional Visitor Center
SVC 208
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


  • Donald Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science, the University of Illinois School of Earth, Society, and Environment
  • Dana Infante, Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
  • Ashish Sharma, Illinois Research Climatologist, Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS),  Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, the Environmental Law & Policy Center

Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region. In recent years, our planet has experienced some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded, record-breaking weather extremes, powerful storms, tragic flooding from rising sea levels and associated storm surge, huge wildfires, and continued melting of glaciers and polar sea ice. The accelerating pattern of changes in the earth’s climate is affecting the Great Lakes. 

In March, the Environmental Law & Policy Center released a report, authored by 18 leading scientists and experts from Midwest and Canadian universities and research institutions, drawing on the array of existing research to assess how the shifting global climate impacts the unique Great Lakes region.  Please join us for an in-depth conversation about the known climate science in our region and public policies that could help curb climate change’s adverse impacts on the Great Lakes.

To RSVP, kindly email either Ann Mesnikoff at amesnikoff@elpc.org or Matt McKenna at mmckenna@nemw.org.