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Climate Change in New England

by on November 26, 2013

Climate Change in New England


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  1. Ali Scalici permalink

    Most people see the drastic changes in the weather and automatically blame global warming. However, I think that people fail to see the larger impacts of it that this article brings up. No one thinks about how the city will flood if a Super Storm hits (although I think that this thought is much more prevalent after Hurricane Sandy), or how the increasing storms and changes in the seasons will affect the ski industry and the maple syrup industry. No one thinks about how the fall foliage may change due to the impacts of global warming. We tend not to think about these kinds of things because they are in the future. They are the problems of our children and maybe even grandchildren. How long are we going to keep pushing the problems of today off on to the future? The digital images show the what the city of Boston will look like in 100 years from now with the rising sea levels. I think that it is interesting that they also show the projected sea level rise assuming that our emissions continue to increase. It is a scary thought, but in reality, we are doing it to ourselves.

  2. emilylangan permalink

    Ever since I was a baby, I have spent my summers on the coast of Maine. I feel that I could personally see the effects of climate change- when we were little, you could barely be on the beach without wearing a sweatshirt. Now, many homes in Southern Maine are installing air conditioners- which there was never a need for before. Further, my beach community in Maine has taken action to dredge the beach in order to protect it from the rising sea level. It is also surrounded by wetlands, which are constantly under debate about how to save them. It’s really alarming to think about the fact that my kids may not get to experience the beauty of New England’s beaches. I think that even though people are barely noticing climate change, they may be starting to realize its effects when thinking 10-15 years into the past. As soon as really ocean side homes and loved beaches are starting to get wiped out, maybe people will start to pay attention?

  3. Michael Miliano permalink

    Out of all the articles I have read, this one hit closest to home. Being from Maine, the cold weather and snow is dear to my heart. The start of this article really shocked me. I cannot imagine if Boston mimicked the climate of the other mentioned southern cities. The article suggests states that drastic climate change will affect fall foliage, maple syrup production, and severely decrease the production and feasability of the ski industry. It states that, “under a high emissions scenario, for example, only western Maine is projected to retain a reliable ski season.” I sincerely hope this never happens. The article also mentions other statistics such as “heat-related deaths in Boston during a typical summer could increase 50 percent by 2050.” While I do think this might be a little dramatic, it certaintly will be a growing problem. It could be theorized that if this “50 percent increase” was caused by something else that would be considered “more dangerous” such as a 50 percent increase in gun related deaths or 50 percent increase in suicide their would be swift action now, to attempt to alleviate the problem.
    Articles like this demonstrate the importance of climate-change conservation movements. With a majority of the populous living by the coast, it is easy to see how drastically this subject impacts everyone. I think that the government needs to take environmental issues much more seriously now, if they hope to make a difference in the future.

  4. It can be hard to imagine that global warming is effecting New England and has already caused a decrease in the amount of snowfall, especially after we had such a cold winter and record year for snowfall last year. A lot of people will point to this as a way of justifying their view that global warming isn’t really affecting us. However, when we look at the long term trends, we see that global warming is really affecting New England. It especially scary to think about the effects of sea level rise and possible stronger storms on New England. My dad’s family has owned a house on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, since the 1960s. The effects of erosion and sea level rise can already be seen on the island. Superstorm Sandy caused major floods to occur in certain areas of the island and with global warming causing more drastic storms, the island is definitely in danger for possibly more erosion and flooding in the future. New England is definitely in danger of facing the consequences of global warming, but the islands of New England, including Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and others, may be particularly affected.

  5. Being from New England, this article is very relatable. I think that many of the issues it mentions, such as the warming temperatures, extreme storms, and rising sea levels are very obvious. When I was younger, it was rare if we did not have a white Christmas. Today, we seem to rarely have a white Christmas, and the winter months almost seem balmy. The temperatures are clearly rising in all seasons, seeing as there is a lack of snow in the winter, and multiple heat waves in the summer. A few years ago, there was the blizzard “Alfred” in October. This blizzard shut down cities completely for two weeks. People were without power and important resources. Last year, there was Hurricane Sandy, just around the same time as the blizzard. The hurricane also left cities immobilized. There are prime examples of extreme changes in the weather due to climate change. We are losing many beaches and land as a result. There needs to be some sort of changes made in our society. We are living with the results of climate change, yet very few people seem to be phased. This is something that should be worrisome and dealt with immediately.

  6. Being abroad last year, I didn’t witness Hurricane Sandy. However, living in a coastal town in Connecticut, my family and friends did. As they witnessed the winds and waves, the rain and the destruction first-hand, I read about it, many hours delayed, from thousands of miles away. Being removed from the action, I had the vantage point of seeing the more scientific side of the storm. Instead of personally being involved, I saw the whole picture instead of merely what would have been literally outside my front door. As extreme weather patterns are becoming the norm, I think we need to step back and see the whole picture: Nantucket might not exist in fifty years, our winters are becoming increasingly warmer and our buildings and infrastructure are at risk. We have to question our contributions to climate change and take action.

  7. I’ve always liked being from New England because I always felt safe there; we never got severe tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or anything like other places do. Recently, there has been storms like Hurricane Katrina and the tornado in Springfield that have hit too close to home. It’s a rude awakening when the consequences of our actions start hitting close to home rather than far off places that we have no connections to. This article plays with the idea that in a few years if things continue to progress the way the have been, there will be no “normal” to return to after these natural disasters hit. We will start living in a world that is constantly changing that will force us to constantly be adapting. If we don’t start making big changes to our lifestyle soon, our environment as we know it is going to be drastically effected.

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