Fourth National Climate Assessment: Northeast Chapter

What do you know about how climate change is affecting and will affect the Northeast?

Here are excerpts from Northeast Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment report, written by a team led by UVM’s Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, who is Vermont’s State Climatologist:

“The seasonality of the Northeast is central to the region’s sense of place and is an important driver of rural economies. Less distinct seasons with milder winter and earlier spring conditions are already altering ecosystems and environments in ways that adversely impact tourism, farming, and forestry. The region’s rural industries and livelihoods are at risk from further changes to forests, wildlife, snowpack, and streamflow.”

“Regional efforts have recommended changes in design standards when building, replacing, or retrofitting infrastructure to account for a changing climate.”

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