We have begun collecting andanalyzing data on anticipatedchanges to our region’s climate. Helpus refine our analysis by letting usknow if the data tells our region’sstory…
Washington Post The Earth’s climate is warming, “as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and oceanNOAA temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level.”
Some Metrics Washington Post Global Average TemperatureNOAA Global Average Sea Level Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover Source: IPCC Climate Change 2007: The Physical 1850 1900 1950 2000 Science Basis—Summary for Policymakers.
Outlined in red are areas that typically experience 30+ days of snow today. By 2070,only the areas in white are anticipated tohave 30+ days of Source: NECIA / UCS (see: www.climatechoices.org/ne/) snow Intraresearch, d.b.a. MapMart
Energy-related CO2 emissions in the Northeast compared with the major carbon-emitting nations of the world Note: U.S. emissions include the NortheastSource: Emissions data for 2001 from Energy Information Administration (EIA), International energy annual (2003), and EIA, Emissions of greenhouse gases inthe United States (2004).
From ClimateChange in the U.S.NortheastAssessment report
Heat Waves and Temperature Extremes: Buffalo, New York
Climate change in Great Lakes:Decline of Fresh Waters Sources
Our Shared Future????– Prevalence of oppressive heat & humidity;– Reduced productivity of natural systems and environmental services: biodiversity, forests, wetlands, fisheries, water – distribution and abundance;– Endangered food security (drought, floods, pests, temperature, etc);– Expanded geography of disease and invasive species;– Damage from severe storms, floods, droughts, wildfires;– Escalating costs: disaster cleanups; expenditures on engineered environments; fuel costs.
Are these data tellingthe story of our region’sissues related to climatechange?