New England is taking a heavy hit from a warming planet
A recent study by the Northeast Climate Science Center concludes that the northeast United States is warming faster than most other places in the world. Only Alaska is warming faster.
Higher temperatures and more on the way
Temperatures in the northeast have risen by .7 degrees celsius over the last century and are expected to be up to 3-5 celsius warmer by 2025.
Stronger and more frequent storms
New England is seeing a trend of significantly stronger storms with longer periods of drought between them.
Earlier budding, more invasive insects, and erosion from flooding combine to reduce the quality of our woods.
Warmer winters and earlier thaws change the growth patterns of trees, berry shrubs and other food sources that animals rely on.
More frequent and stronger storms flush even more polluted runoff – chemicals and waste from lawns, roadways and parking lots – into our streams. And warmer waters are less friendly to fish and aquatic species.
We may not be able to stop climate change, but we can manage it by addressing its threats and reducing the risks.