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How is climate change impacting oak park right now?
Warmer, wetter weather in winter and spring create increasing spring planting delays in Illinois. Midwest agricultural productivity is projected to drop to levels of the 1980s.
Longer, hotter summers, poor air quality days, heavy rainfalls, and extended pollen seasons worsen public health. A hotter climate means a greater range of disease-carrying pests and insects.
Climate change is causing more frequent and intense rain storms, flooding, droughts, and tornadoes in the Midwest. Worsened rain events stress outdated stormwater and sewer infrastructure; water quality decreases due to overburdened systems.
A quickly warming climate causes native plants and animals to lose habitat and be displaced by environmentally and economically destructive species like Asian Carp and Emerald Ash Borers.