Friday, March 17, 2023

Historian joins climate change assessment study

This week I have a story about an Adirondacker giving a hand to a statewide climate study.

Around 80 people in different parts of the state are working on a climate change assessment. This multi-year study is overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Last summer, Long Lake Town Historian Hallie Bond joined the team. She’s researching how climate change will alter community culture, including historical societies and museums.

“The only way we’re gonna deal with it is, tackle it,” Bond said. “We can’t just sit back and throw up our hands and say, ‘it’s too big.’”

Another study is underway. This one spans many of the Adirondacks’ lakes. Read Zach Matson’s story about researchers collecting important data from the park’s waters.

Also: After a decade of serving as the executive director of the Adirondack Council, Willie Janeway will step down this September. Gwen Craig has the story here.

Maple producers around the region are feeling the ups and downs of the swings in weather we’ve experienced this winter. Many sugaring operations are recording very early boils, but the warm weather isn’t always a welcome sight. Maple production relies on more steady, consistent temperatures, and the wild fluctuations are creating problems for small-scale producers, who don’t typically have high-tech equipment. Read more about it here.

Photo at top: Long Lake Historian Hallie Bond stands on her family’s property in Jefferson County, Colorado. Photo provided

This first appeared in Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.




One Response

  1. Bill Ott says:

    Ms Bennett,

    The front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning reads “Humanity is on thin ice – and that ice is melting fast, UN chief warns”. It is an AP article and here is the link.

    https://apnews.com/article/un-climate-change-report-ipcc-guterres-science-30d8451c0f3fb7b8a857e3ed4fd01172

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