Sunday, May 12, 2024

The importance of long-term monitoring

Man with dog

On this episode of Climate Voices of the Adirondacks, I talk with LJ Mills in Newcomb. He’s collecting vitals on the Huntington Wildlife Forest as part of a long-term monitoring program.

Studying the same ecosystem for years creates a baseline that scientists can use when analyzing climate change. The project in Newcomb, operated by the SUNY College of Environmental Forestry, dates back several decades.

Read more here.

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Funding crunch for climate research:

In the age of accelerated climate change caused by humans, long-term study serves as an encyclopedia of natural history that can be referenced for projects aimed at alleviating the effects of global warming.

Policymakers, for example, need the historical information to inform decisions made for the future.

I spoke with several scientists who say finding money for long-term research is difficult and impedes their science work.

“One of the frustrating things for me as a scientist is the amount of time that I have to spend trying to find money to keep these projects going, versus just doing the science and doing the monitoring that is coming out of these projects,” Brendan Wiltse, chief scientist at the Adirondack Watershed Institute, said.

Read the story here.


Here are some stories I’m following:

Grist: The world’s garment workers are on the front lines of climate impacts

“Around the world, fashion’s mostly female labor force is grappling with working conditions made increasingly unbearable and unhealthy by climate change.”

MPR News: Why wonky building codes could be key in reducing state’s climate impact

“…experts say changes in building codes, the obscure, wonky, highly-technical rules that govern how our homes and apartment buildings are designed and constructed, can play an outsized role in reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions — especially when multiplied over thousands of new homes, year after year.”

AP: High school students, frustrated by lack of climate education, press for change

“Some places are adding more instruction on the subject. In 2020, New Jersey required teaching climate change at all grade levels. Connecticut followed, then California. More than two dozen new measures across 10 states were introduced last year, according to the National Center for Science Education.”

Yale Climate Connections: Field workers, farm owners, and buyers band together to protect workers from heat

“The program protects thousands of workers on participating farms from workplace hazards while defending their wages and rights. A few years ago, it added protections against heat stress.”

Photo at top: LJ Mills checks on one of several long-term monitoring sites in Newcomb. Photo provided by LJ Mills.

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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