Water levels on the Mississippi River are continuing to drop for the second year in a row after this past summer’s record high temperatures and low rainfall that triggered drought throughout the Central United States.

Michigan Earth affiliated professor Dr. Jonathan Overpeck weighed in on the situation with CNN:

“These conditions will only become more frequent, if we don’t phase out fossil fuels,” Dr. Overpeck said. “It’s cooking the planet and we’re seeing the impacts unfold in the Mississippi River right now.”

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