Monday, April 15, 2024

Carbon mapping

A map of New York showing tree cover and developed lands

Nearly five years ago, New York state passed an ambitious climate law intended to reduce and counteract fossil fuel emissions contributing to climate change. Storing carbon dioxide, a gas released from burning fuel, is key to achieving the goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Much of that can be accomplished through protecting carbon-absorbing forests across the state.

I spoke with a researcher who helped develop an accounting system using detailed satellite imagery, to help agencies identify where forests store high amounts of carbon and which lands need attention.

Spotting land disturbances from space, analyzing historical tree coverage and calculating carbon stocks are some of the program’s outcomes.

Read the story here.


Source: Colin Beier, associate professor at SUNY-ESF.

From rugby to environmental advocacy

Claudia Braymer talks with the Explorer’s Gwen Craig about her journey into a leadership role at Protect the Adirondacks:

For Protect the Adirondacks members, Braymer’s legal expertise stands out.

Her focus is “opposition work,” a term Braymer said signifies helping clients who are against projects, usually for environmental reasons. She does not like the term NIMBY, or “not in my backyard.”

Even if she couldn’t stop a project, her goal, she said, was to make it better from an environmental standpoint.

Read the profile here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

BBC: European court rules human rights violated by climate inaction

“The women, mostly in their 70s, said that their age and gender made them particularly vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves linked to climate change.

The court said Switzerland’s efforts to meet its emission reduction targets had been woefully inadequate.

It is the first time the powerful court has ruled on global warming.”

Inside Climate News: Across the US, Awe Unites During the Darkness of a Total Solar Eclipse

“As the impacts of climate change become more pronounced, weather uncertainty will become the rule, not the exception, climate scientists warn, potentially making planning to view natural events like a solar eclipse more difficult for those who may want to travel into the path of totality.”

Atmos: The Time Paradox of Climate Change

“When we talk about a few millimeters or less of global sea level rise per year, this is just not tangible for the average person—it doesn’t convey the urgency.”

Associated Press: Mexico’s likely next president is a scientist. Politics has her mostly quiet on climate threats

“…don’t expect the leading presidential candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, an environmental scientist and a co-author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, to make climate a central part of her campaign ahead of the June 2 election.”

Photo at top: A map of New York showing tree cover, developed lands, and more. Source: Colin Beier, SUNY-ESF. 

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.

6 Responses

  1. Arthur F Dodson says:

    Hank Williams jr

  2. louis curth says:

    Next Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. That was a big deal back in 1970 when the whole country, including people who lived in the Adirondacks, turned out to express their concern for the future of Earth’s natural environment and to demand political action to protect our air, water, and land.

    Now, 54 years later, Chloe doesn’t even bother to mention Earth Day in the list of stories she is following! I checked the Almanack myself, and found just two Earth Day notices: One by the Ausable River Assoc. in Keene, asking for help with their Earth Day cleanup, and one for the Fulton County Ctr. for Regional Growrth, announcing an Earth Day cleanup in Gloversville.

    Have we really sunk this low in our crass indifference to nature and to the future generations of young people who shall inherit this earth from us?

    Happy Earth Day!

    • Bill Keller says:

      Earth Day was attended by 20 million people across the United States, the event strengthened support for legislation such as the Clean Air Act (updated in 1970) and the Endangered Species Act (1973). Today, not even saving our environment can bring the left and right together.

  3. louis curth says:

    Thanks Bill Keller for reminding us all about how that first Earth Day motivated so many people to get involved in a largely spontaneous, hands-on event. All to express their concern about Earth’s natural environment!

    The corporate shills were caught off guard by Earth Day! They had been disparaging Rachel Carson and others who raised the alarm about DDT and other toxic chemicals poisoning our air, water, and industrial waste sites like Love Canal in western NY. After Earth Day, they had to regroup and pony-up much more money to cover their tracks and to lobby their political allies. Meanwhile, the leaders of both political parties began to respond to Earth Day’s outpouring of public concern by looking for ways to show their support for the environment.

    In the years that followed, significant progress was made in protecting our natural environment. However, then as now, the influence of money and influence on political decision making can always be found in the darkest corners of the halls of power, waiting to have its way.

    Today, we are beset by divisiveness. Lies, and hatred go unchallenged by too many of us whose silence leaves our young people facing an uncertain future. Can we rebuild the the kind of community spirit that made that first Earth Day so amazing? Or do we just continue to turn our backs on the world’s children and grandchildren and walk away?

    • Paul says:

      The amount of protected lands in NYS,and the Adirondacks specifically, is far greater now than it was back when Earth Day started. Land protection continues to be strengthened as we speak, with more land up for addition to the forest preserve.

      Our children have a lot to look forward to. This constant (inaccurate) doom saying is why these generations have some much anxiety and other issues. Stop being so dark…

  4. Ann says:

    Hey Adirondack Almanac.

    You always take these great detailed maps and put a tiny little thumbnail within the article. Make them bigger.
    Tell us what we are looking at.

    Show us a spot on the map that displays a diseased part of the Adirondacks.

    Hey Editor what is your point.
    What information should I get.

    Come On.

    I reread the article 4 times.

    Commenters what do the maps tell me.


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