Monday, April 29, 2024

Summer Outlook

Chubb River in June 2023

Muddy trails and warm air are expected in the Adirondacks this summer, as scientists predict above-average temperatures and precipitation. Using a series of climate projection tools, NOAA scientists calculate the chances of weather patterns like temperature and precipitation across the country.

Last year seized the record for warmth, the administration announced in January, and 2024 has a one-in-three chance of exceeding that troublesome title. There’s a 99% likelihood that this year will be among the five hottest, NOAA stated. The switch from El Niño to La Niña later this summer plays a large role in the projections, as the natural weather phenomenon influences temperatures differently across the country. Read more here.

Climate cuts in the state budget

The 2024-25 state budget passed last weekend, about 20 days later than expected. Clean water funding was included in the bills, though climate initiatives fell short, Gwen Craig reports.

The Climate Change Superfund Act would have required fossil fuel companies to pay up for pollution didn’t make it in. The New York Heat Act was also left out.

Visitors of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Heart Lake property at the end of Adirondack Loj Road can get help at the High Peaks Information Center.

Visitors of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Heart Lake property at the end of Adirondack Loj Road can get help at the High Peaks Information Center. Photo by Mike Lynch.

“For the second year in a row, the Assembly has proved that it’s more concerned with protecting the gas industry’s profits than providing New Yorkers with affordable, reliable heating services,” Michael Hernandez, New York policy director for Rewiring America, said in a release.

Money for long term studies and the Adirondack Watershed Institute did make the cut.

Read the story here.

Here are some stories I’m following:

CDC study: Extreme heat caused record-high emergency room visits in 2023

“Deaths and illnesses associated with heat exposure are a continuing public health concern as climate change results in longer, hotter, and more frequent episodes of extreme heat.”

AP: 13 million acres in Alaska shielded from oil drilling

“The decision by the Interior Department doesn’t change the terms of existing leases in the reserve or affect currently authorized operations, including Willow.”

Grist: As the climate changes, cities scramble to find trees that will survive

“Urban botanists and other experts warn that cities are well behind where they should be to avoid overall tree loss. The full impact of climate change may be decades away, but oaks, maples, and other popular species can take 10 or more years to mature (and show they can tolerate a new climate), making the search for the right varieties for each region a frantic race against time.”

Washington Post: A global study just revealed the world’s biggest known plastic polluters

“…of those hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic, the top companies responsible were Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Danone.”

Photo at top: Chubb River in June 2023. Photo by Chloe Bennett.

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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