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Observed change in very heavy precipitation in the U.S. Image: <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/our-changing-climate/heavy-downpours-increasing">National Climate Assessment</a>. Coupled with the National Climate Assessment, the Vermont Climate Assessment will provide a detailed portrait and forecast of climate impacts on Vermont communities, landscapes and the economy.
Observed change in very heavy precipitation in the U.S. Image: National Climate Assessment. Coupled with the National Climate Assessment, the Vermont Climate Assessment will provide a detailed portrait and forecast of climate impacts on Vermont communities, landscapes and the economy.

Report looks at effects of a warming Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Scientists from the University of Vermont and some of the state's business and political leaders are going to be talking about the long-term effects of climate change in the state.

The Vermont Climate Assessment report developed by UVM's Gund Institute is due to be released Tuesday.

The document is said to be the first state-scale climate assessment in the nation.  Go to full article
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the EPA's "Clean Power Plan" means for New York

On Monday the Environmental Protection agency introduced its ambitious new plan to combat climate change: a proposed regulation called "The Clean Power Plan" which would require fossil fuel power plants nationwide to cut their carbon emissions by nearly a third by the year 2030.  Go to full article
Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, NY emitted almost 3.8 million tons of CO2 last year. Photo: <a href=" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kintigh_Generating_Station_-_Somerset,_New_York.jpg"> Matthew D. Wilson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, NY emitted almost 3.8 million tons of CO2 last year. Photo: Matthew D. Wilson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York in group welcoming pollution cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is among nine states already cutting greenhouse gases from power plants that say proposed federal guidelines for future national reductions are welcome.  Go to full article
Martha and Curt at a recent Natural Selections call-in. Photo: Dale Hobson
Martha and Curt at a recent Natural Selections call-in. Photo: Dale Hobson

Listen: Natural Selections climate change call-in

Climate change is in the news, from the recent update by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its detailed report on national and local impacts, to the news of the melting Antarctic ice sheet.

Dr. Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth," joins Martha Foley for a special Natural Selections call-in on climate change and other topics.  Go to full article
U.S. observed temperature change since 1895, with an inset showing change in the Northeast. Image: <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/our-changing-climate/recent-us-temperature-trends">National Climate Assessment</a>
U.S. observed temperature change since 1895, with an inset showing change in the Northeast. Image: National Climate Assessment

Five ways climate change is already affecting your life (or will soon)

Tuesday, the federal government released the most comprehensive scientific report on climate change in the U.S. ever produced (find the full report here, and find an overview here). Its message is clear and urgent.

It says human-caused climate change is happening now and it's affecting our everyday lives. Jerry Melillo is the study's co-author. "It is affecting us in our pocketbooks and on our land in every region of the United States," Melillo said at the White House rollout of the report (the Northeast regional report.) "It is changing the lives of farmers, mayors, engineers, town planners, truckers, and foresters." Many Republicans in Congress dismissed the report as "alarmist."

The report is the third National Climate Assessment, the first in six years. Its findings have implications for North Country agriculture, disease, and the health of the Adirondack Park. Here are five big takeaways:  Go to full article
Estimated change in annual mean sea surface pH between the 1700s and the 1990s. Graphic: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WOA05_GLODAP_del_pH_AYool.png">Plumbago</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Estimated change in annual mean sea surface pH between the 1700s and the 1990s. Graphic: Plumbago, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: How rising CO2 levels are changing our oceans

Most of the concern about carbon dioxide is focused on the quantity in the atmosphere and its effect on climate. But rising CO2 levels in the oceans can have equally significant effects on the ecosystems of the seas. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss the changing aquasphere.  Go to full article
This year's "wobbly" polar vortex (left) compared to last year's more "compact" vortex. Image: NOAA
This year's "wobbly" polar vortex (left) compared to last year's more "compact" vortex. Image: NOAA

What's up in the sky, and what's up with the weather

The night sky, and so much more today from St. Lawrence University Physics professor Aileen O'Donoghue.

In fact it's a double-header today: the sky, and the wobbly polar vortex.  Go to full article
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher coming home from Antarctica

With the continuing cold weather here in the North Country, it might feel like we're in Antarctica, but Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has one on us in that regard. Clark returns to the North Country later this week after nearly two months in the real Antarctica; he was one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

Clark lived and worked aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.

He's journaled about his experiences online, and spoken by phone with his students throughout the trip. Todd Moe caught up with him via satellite phone as the ship was heading north and he was packing up for the return trip (listen here.)  Go to full article
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Vermont to lead the way on climate change. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/350vt/7154147380/">350 Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Vermont to lead the way on climate change. Photo: 350 Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt.'s Sen. Sanders to lead climate "wake-up" call

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will help lead an overnight session of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force in what he terms a wake-up call on global warming.

Sanders -- an Independent who is co-sponsor of a bill that would tax carbon and methane emissions -- will be joined by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Sen. Angus King and two dozen other task force members.  Go to full article
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher studies climate change in Antarctica

Have you seen a whale, penguin or seal lately? Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has: He's in Antarctica right now. Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

He's living and working aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.  Go to full article

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