Monday, April 22, 2024

Hope for the future

The Adirondacks’ environment is changing, with warming temperatures, declining animal species, milder winters and more. The Explorer works each week to keep you informed on how global climate change is impacting the park at a local level. But there’s good news, too. Your neighbors are working on research, education, solutions and more in the climate space. That’s why we launched Climate Voices of the Adirondacks. For the next several weeks, we’re spotlighting the people working toward a more resilient and sustainable future. Read more here.

In this video, Saranac Lake resident Sunita Halasz shares her experience mentoring students in the North Country Climate Club.

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Early black fly season?

You know them well: The unwanted summer crowd of tiny flies that leave gnarly bites after hikes. It’s possible it will be an early year for black flies after a mild winter of warm-ups and thaws. Towns are already deploying their annual pesticide treatments.

“This is the earliest ever,” Andrea Malik, black fly program director, said.

Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) is applied to streams as narrow as 4 inches wide to rivers like the Ausable. First discovered in the 1970s, the bacterium kills both black fly and mosquito larvae.

Read the story here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

Grist: The best coffee for the planet might not be coffee at all

“Small farmers could face crop failures just as millions of new people develop a daily habit, potentially sending coffee prices soaring to levels that only the wealthy will be able to afford. To stave off the looming threats, some agricultural scientists are hard at work breeding climate-resilient, high-yield varieties of coffee.”

Canary Media: Nexamp nabs $520M to build community solar across the US

“Community solar helps people who can’t get rooftop solar access the benefits of solar ownership. Developer Nexamp just raised a boatload of money to build more of it.”

Context: Panama’s Indigenous leave home as sea levels rise

“Faced with rising seawaters and overcrowding, the Guna on Gardi Sugdub island, who have been living there for nearly 200 years, have decided to leave and resettle later this year on forest land they own on the mainland.”

AP: New study calculates climate change’s economic bite will hit about $38 trillion a year by 2049

“Climate change will reduce future global income by about 19% in the next 25 years compared to a fictional world that’s not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heating the atmosphere taking the biggest monetary hit, a new study said.”

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.

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