Impact of climate change

Climate models vary on the amount of temperature increase possible; however, potential risks include having decreased water supplies; increased risk for wildfires; population displacement; changes in food production with agriculture improving in cooler climates and decreasing in warmer climates; and change in rain pattern to downpours with the potential for flash flooding and health risks from certain infectious diseases from water contamination or disease-carrying vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks, and rodents; and heat-related illnesses.

Park officials at Glacier National Park show glaciers are melting with warmer temperatures. Snow pack in Montana holds about 75 percent of the state's water supply and acts as a reservoir that keeps streams flowing in the summer months. Warmer temperatures resulting in decreased snow pack could mean less water in Montana's lake and streams during the summer months. Montana may benefit from changing climate. Shorter, milder winters could mean longer growing seasons and increasing crop yields, though higher temperatures may mean changing crops produced for those more adapted to a warmer climate and more drought-resistant. The milder climate could attract more tourists. Taking advantage of sun and wind to produce electricity could provide economic benefits.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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