The study focused on 235 lakes on six continents over 25 years and concluded that lakes are warming at an average rate of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit every decade.
Four of the five Great Lakes were included in the study, and Lake Superior was found to be one of the fastest-warming lakes on the planet. Superior is warming at a rate of 2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, which is three times the global average.
“Project that out 50 years, and you’ve got a Lake Superior that’s 10 degrees warmer. That could be a very different lake in terms of ice cover and ecosystems within the lake,” said Paul Huttner, MPR’s chief meteorologist.
[H/T MPR News]