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(Portland, OR)  --  Disease outbreak, drought and increasing wildfires are among the effects of climate change currently taking a toll on the Pacific Northwest.  That's according to a new one-thousand-plus-page federal climate assessment released late last week.  The report produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program details stark projections of the effects of global warming in the Northwest, including drastically decreased salmon runs due to warming stream waters.  The report says salmon will lose about 22-percent of their habitat by the end of the century if emissions are left unchecked.  The report says climate change has possibly already caused an increase in the cases of Lyme disease in the Pacific Northwest as well as cases of West Nile, E. coli and salmonella.

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