A comprehensive study and analysis of climate change’s effects on New York detailed what many in the Adirondacks already believe: winters are warming.
To combat the loss of tourism to melting ice and fewer snow showers, the recreation industry is adapting.
The state’s climate report, which was released in full last week, highlighted the park’s cycling destinations as a potential solution to balance a loss of winter tourism.
“The Adirondacks have already experienced a long-term decrease in snowfall,” an analysis of the assessment reads.
The Adirondack Rail Trail was held up as a four-season example. Read the story here.
Safety and the future of renewable energy
Energy storage is crucial for meeting renewable energy goals, experts say, but some are concerned about the safety of battery energy storage facilities.
The state on Tuesday released a draft of recommendations to enhance safety for battery energy storage systems like one proposed in the Adirondack Park’s hamlet of Raquette Lake.
An inter-agency task force was formed in 2023 to investigate battery fires, including one in Jefferson County, and propose new rules for the systems. Initial data released in December showed no injuries or harmful levels of toxins from fires in Jefferson, Orange and Suffolk counties last year.
Here are some stories I’m following:
Washington Post: Earth crossed 1.5C of warming this year. Here’s what to know.
“1.5C isn’t a magic threshold; it’s not as though as soon as we pass that number, Antarctic ice sheets will collapse and ocean circulations will grind to a halt. But one thing is certain: For every tenth of a degree of warming, tipping points are more likely.”
“The strengthened pollution controls, unveiled on Wednesday, will lower the annual soot standard to 9 micrograms per cubic meter of air, down from the previous standard of 12 micrograms.”
“Known as trust lands, these expropriated Indigenous territories are held and managed by the state for the school’s continued benefit.”
“The thousands of miles Ortiz and his team traveled in 2023 to distressed neighborhoods have resulted in 21 environmental justice grants totaling over $13 million, which will be awarded to government agencies and community organizations in the coming months.”
Photo at top: The Adirondack Rail Trail in early February. Photo by Chloe Bennett.
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