Monday, April 8, 2024

Solutions in our backyard

black spruce

Last week I sent you a story on how climate change could be triggering a mass movement of species northward. The Adirondacks could be a critical habitat for those migrants.

So, how do we help?

During an interview with a wildlife connectivity expert from The Nature Conservancy, I asked that question. It turns out the solutions to protecting migrating species are mostly uncomplicated: Conserve the land you have.

People with properties big and small can outsource expertise on how to keep their land wild, or manage it to cater to specific species. Conservation easements are also an option.

Read a simple guide on connectivity and land owners’ roles in it here.

E-bikes in the ADKs

Electric bikes have been around for several years, though it seems the technology is becoming more popular. Riders looking for an efficient mode of transportation with zero emissions may opt for the machine. They’ve also been known to boost mobility for older adults and people with disabilities.

But their place in the Blue Line is still uncertain.

The park allows for some classes of e-bikes in certain areas, Holly Riddle reports. The Adirondack Rail Trail, for example, is a prime spot for the bikes, while forest preserve trails prohibit their use.

Read the story here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

Heated: A guide to electric car misinformation

“The closer we get to the 2024 presidential election, the more sketchy information you’re going to hear about electric cars.”

Grist: US experienced staggering growth in solar and wind power over the last decade

“The sun and the wind have been the country’s fastest growing sources of energy over the past decade, according to a report released by the nonprofit Climate Central on Wednesday. Meanwhile, coal power has declined sharply, and the use of methane to generate electricity has all but leveled off.”

The Texas Tribune: In Texas, ex-oil and gas workers champion geothermal energy as a replacement for fossil-fueled power plants

“Texas has become an early hot spot for geothermal energy exploration. At least three companies are based in Houston, and scores of former oil industry workers and executives are taking their knowledge of geology, drilling and extraction to a new energy source.”

Vox: Are rainforests doomed? Not necessarily.

“Although Brazil lost nearly 3 million acres of tropical forest last year — much of which vanished from the Amazon — 2023 was actually a relatively good year.”

Photo at top: Black spruce. (Which shows evidence for moving farther north.) Photo source: Canva.

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. Paul says:

    “The Adirondack Rail Trail, for example, is a prime spot for the bikes, while forest preserve trails prohibit their use.”

    The rail Trail is on Forest Preserve land. Why are e-bikes allowed?

    • Carol says:

      Why were trains allowed for 100+ years? Roads are also on state land and 86 is mapped on wild forest too. They are separate travel corridors. It happens.

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