Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Sunday, May 26, 2024

From canoe to climate

Man in water near waterfall

Meet Garrett Marino, the youth climate leadership coordinator for The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. With a love for literature and the outdoors, Marino uses communication and science to teach others about climate change.

Here’s what he said about his philosophy on climate action:

“It’s not that we need to be afraid of this, so we should be inspired to action. It’s that we love our planet and we love nature and we love the critters and the bugs and everything on it. And it’s worth protecting.”

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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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Monday, May 6, 2024

Yellow buses turning green

School bus from front

Yellow school buses could soon be much greener in the Adirondacks. A state mandate to electrify school bus fleets will take effect in 2035, and officials are encouraging districts to begin the switch now. As of today, May 2, a total of $500 million from the state and some $5 billion from the federal Environmental Protection Agency is meant to fill in the financial gaps.

Some schools are eligible for more money than others, including several in the Adirondack Park. Moriah, Raquette Lake, Saranac, Lowville and more are listed as priority districts, elevating their maximum funding eligibility.

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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.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Sprouting wildflowers & little birds mobbing feeders

A male yellow-bellied sapsucker

Today is Earth Day 2024 and what I see outside isn’t a heavy frost that came overnight, but light snow and 22 degrees on the thermometer. The bird bath is a frozen skating rink for the birds as it was also yesterday morning, April 21. The high temperature yesterday was only 39 degrees, and the little birds were mobbing the feeders as they must have known what was coming. I had a new bird at the feeder for this year yesterday, a Chipping Sparrow, which went away with a band. The day before, I saw three Northern Flickers on a lawn along Limekiln Road feeding with two Robins.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Most Adirondack Priorities Restored in Final State Budget

Adirondack Council logo

Lake Climate Studies, Clean Water Grants Secured; Timbuctoo Career Institute Funding Lower

Albany, NY – The Adirondack Council thanked Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for working with Gov. Kathy Hochul to restore key Adirondack priorities in the $237-billion state budget, including money for scientific research and municipal clean water projects.

The Council also expressed thanks for the Legislature’s efforts to restore the full $500 million in annual funding to the state’s Clean Water grants program. The $250 million boost above the Governor’s original proposal will significantly improve the opportunities for Adirondack communities to obtain funding, the organization said. Rivers that flow from Adirondack lakes bring drinking water to millions of state residents.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

SAM Fest graphic

2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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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.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Connecting wild spaces

Elk in Alberta, Canada

The Adirondack Park is home to a universe of animals and plants. From fire-colored efts to shy black bears, abundant waters and forested lands support a dense network of Northeastern biodiversity.

So, you may be wondering why a photo of an animal that hasn’t existed in the park for centuries is featured at the top of this newsletter.

It’s possible that elk could slowly move back to the Adirondacks in the future. Scientists see evidence for animals and plants inching northward and to higher elevations as Earth warms from accelerated climate change. The park has an outsized role in ensuring their survival, scientists say.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Protect the Adirondacks applauds one house budgets for funding critical ADK programs

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road

Protect the Adirondacks, Inc. (PROTECT) applauds funding proposed for the FY2025 Budgets released by the State Senate and State Assembly. The proposed budgets provide significant funding for Adirondack programs that were reduced or eliminated from the Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget.

The Legislature has restored the Clean Water Fund to $500 million. The Assembly’s budget proposal specifies $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for proper management of road salt.

“Protect the Adirondacks supports the Assembly’s budget allocation of $10 million to implement the road salt reduction strategies in the 2023 Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report documenting the significant adverse groundwater and surface water pollution effects of the use of road salt in the Adirondack Park. We urge the State Senate to support this budget line item too,” said Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Literacy and solutions

Paul Smiths College students on a boat on a lake

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training program awarded a grant to Paul Smith’s College recently. The $160,000 award boosts the college’s funding for climate programs and focuses on climate literacy and solutions. Under the terms of the grant, a new Youth for Climate and Water Action project will unite school districts in the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes around studying the Great Lakes watershed.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Damn That Global Warming! (It’s ruining the North Country)

Person kayaking on the lake in winter

Photo by the author of an activity that should be relegated to May, at least. Photo by Randy Fredlund.

JEREMY: Things just ain’t like they used to be.

JAKE: Yah, yer right. There just isn’t much snow anymore.

JEREMY: It’s that damn global warming.

JAKE: You can say that again.

JEREMY: It’s that damn global warming. We just don’t get the snow like we used to.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

The warmest winter

nordic skis laid across a muddy trail with minimal snow

After more than a year of living in the Adirondacks, I’ve learned that winter is highly anticipated and celebrated by most. Months of powdery and icy conditions in the region have historically attracted outdoors enthusiasts to experience the park’s extensive cold season. But this winter’s record-breaking warm temperatures and minimal snowfall transformed the season, shortening outdoor recreation times and disrupting some events.

Winter temperatures in the Saranac Lake area were the warmest on record this year. According to data from the National Weather Service, the average temperature from December to February was 24.1 degrees. The previous record was 23.5 degrees in the 2015-16 winter season. Read the story here. 

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