Monday, February 26, 2024

The power of peatlands

aerial view of forest

[On Feb. 22,] we launched the first installment of Climate Voices of the Adirondacks, a new series where I’ll explore climate solutions and the people working on them. I spoke with naturalist Charlie Reinertsen about peatlands and the ways he’s spreading the word on them.

Watch the introduction to the series here. Read our story and see some vibrant photos of the ecosystems at this link. 

DEC Commissioner Seggos announces departure

Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced he will step down from his post this spring, Gwen Craig writes.

He is the longest-serving DEC commissioner, appointed first in 2015 under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It is not clear what Seggos has planned next, and it is not clear who will take his place in the interim.

Read the story here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

Chicago Sun Times: Chicago sues five giant oil companies, accusing them of climate change destruction, fraud

“Chicago is following the lead of New York, California and other cities and states that seek to recoup potentially billions of dollars in damages blamed on the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas, that create carbon dioxide and have led to climate change.”

Yale Environment: Plastics Reckoning: PVC Is Ubiquitous, But Maybe Not for Long

“This year, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution will be attempting to finalize the world’s first plastics treaty, with the ambitious mandate to end — not just limit — plastics pollution.”

Vox: Scientists strapped cameras to a bunch of polar bears. The footage is breathtaking — and alarming.

“Researchers estimate that the polar bear population in this region has already fallen by 30 percent since 1987.”

The Guardian: February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records

“February is on course to break a record number of heat records, meteorologists say, as human-made global heating and the natural El Niño climate pattern drive up temperatures on land and oceans around the world.”

Photo at top by Charlie Reinertsen.

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.




2 Responses

  1. Steven Frederick says:

    I love being proactive 👍 please look into the factory farms for some reason they are allowed to pollute the air, water and soil with total impunity and we subsidize them! I have seen the damage that has been done. Don’t dare drink the water from my well because they are hauling tractor trailer loads of raw sewage miles and dumping it miles from the factory farms and it’s ruining streams brooks and eventually goes into Lake Champlain

    • Mike says:

      We had 13 million people or more just come across the southern border the last few years with thousands entering every day. How are we supposed to feed them and take care of their sewage without factory farming? Please call those farmers and tell them what they are doing wrong and how to fix it.

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