trout drought

According to a 2002 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Defenders of Wildlife, a warming planet does not bode well for species that thrive in cold streams.

The study found that “global warming is likely to spur the disappearance of trout and salmon from as much as 18 to 38 percent of their current habitat by the year 2090.”

A 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science produced “models [which] forecast significant declines in trout habitat across the interior western United States in the 21st century,” reported The New York Times.

The study claims, “The decline will have significant socioeconomic consequences as recreational trout fisheries are valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the United States alone.”

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