Study: A Farewell To Ice Fishing? Climate Change Leads To Less Lake Ice

WBUR discusses A Farewell To Ice Fishing? Climate Change Leads To Less Lake Ice.

Max Holmes grew up near the shores of Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. He recalled playing on the frozen lake as a kid — ice skating, which he hated, and ice fishing with his family, which was a lot more fun.

But as the world warms, winters on Grand Traverse Bay — and many other lakes — aren’t what they used to be. The bay recently had two ice-free years in a row, a change that Holmes — now a senior scientist at the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Woods Hole, Mass. — called “dramatic.”

“This isn’t just happening in one lake in the northern United States,” said Alessandro Filazzola, lead author of the new study. “It’s happening in thousands of lakes around the world.”

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