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Warming climate will affect Washington

YAKIMA, Wash -- A new report says higher temperatures could cause Washington's dairy cows to produce less milk.  

The government report, commissioned by the state Department of Ecology and Community Trade and Economic Development,  says temperatures will increase one half of a percent each year for the next decade.  Melting snow packs, reducing hydropower and drinking water supplies for both man and beast.

The report also says seventy-five percent of glaciers in the North Cascades could vanish this century.

The only good news: the report says wine grapes could flourish in Western Washington.

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