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Figure 1.6a Projected change in annual temperature for the 2080s in the Northeast relative to the 1980s baseline period. (NYSERDA Report)
Figure 1.6a Projected change in annual temperature for the 2080s in the Northeast relative to the 1980s baseline period. (NYSERDA Report)

Climate report predicts changes for northern NY farms

One of the lead investigators of the recent report on climate change in New York says the heavy storms this spring and summer, and the mild temperatures this fall will not necessarily be the "new normal" for the north country and Adirondacks. But Cornell University climate researcher Arthur DeGaetano says the heavy rainfall and warm weather could be a glimpse into the future.

The report, released late last month by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is based on the work of more than 50 scientists. It paints a harsh picture of extreme climate events - predicting that upstate New York will have heavier, and more frequent downpours, like those we've seen this year.

The report says the temperature in New York has already warmed 2.4 degrees in the past forty years. It projects a further rise of as much as three degrees by the 2020s, with the temperature steadily warming as much as nine degrees by the 2080s.

DeGaetano says that means northern New York would have a climate more like North Carolina or Georgia. He says the report isn't meant to scare people. It's meant to help them transition along with the climate. DeGaetano says agriculture will be one of the industries most affected. He spoke with Julie Grant.  Go to full article
Unfiltered water at the Louisville Senior Citizens Housing Center.
Unfiltered water at the Louisville Senior Citizens Housing Center.

Federal budget has communities worried about clean water

Advocates for clean water are concerned about proposed Congressional spending cuts. The program that helps communities afford expensive water and sewer projects is expected to be cut in half. Julie Grant reports many local governments won't be able to afford them.  Go to full article

Hunter's death ruled suicide

The death of a hunter whose body was found this week on Mount Jo has been ruled a suicide. The Essex County coronor's office ruled that the gunshot wound that killed 63-year old Russ Beede of Lake Placid was self-inflicted.

Beede was last seen Saturday morning, when he went hunting alone on lands off Loj Road in the Adirondacks, in the town of North Elba.

An investigation started Sunday, because his vehicle had been parked in the same place for two days. A team of searchers found his body in rugged terrain Wednesday, within a half mile of his vehicle.  Go to full article
All Before Five program page
All Before Five program page

All Before Five: 12/01/11

Congressman Bill Owens wants to repeal $5.50 fee on Canadian visitors to the U.S., Brian Mann reports from Vaughan, north of Toronto, where immigrants are seen as key to the future, and the Innovation Trail visits Occupy encampments around New York.  Go to full article
At this point, there's no indication that there was any foul play.

Hunter found dead in the Adirondacks

The body of a hunter who had been missing in the Adirondacks since Saturday was found on Wednesday. Russ Beede of Lake Placid was 63 years old.

David Winchell is spokesman for the state department of environmental conservation in Ray Brook.

Winchell says Mr. Beede went hunting alone, on the property of the Adirondack Mountain Club. His body was found in that general vicinity. More than forty people and two K-9 units have been searching the woods for him since Monday.

Winchell says now that Mr. Beede has been found, New York state police will take over the investigation. He says it does not look like there was any foul play involved.

Winchell says it's not uncommon for people to go missing in the mountains during hunting season. He says most come out unharmed. But he does caution hunters and hikers to make people aware of their plans, and to make sure they are healthy before entering the wilderness.

Winchell says state police will complete an investigation and an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of Mr. Beede's death.  Go to full article
Scientists say warmer temperatures could lead to increasing asthma rates and mosquito-borne diseases.
Scientists say warmer temperatures could lead to increasing asthma rates and mosquito-borne diseases.

Scientists: Climate change in New York could increase diseases

A new report finds that New York may suffer disproportionate effects of climate change in the coming decades, when compared with other regions. The report was co-authored by scientists from Cornell, Columbia University, and Hunter College. It finds that because New York is a northern state, it has already warmed more than twice the global average--2.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last forty years.

The report paints a harsh picture, including possible extreme temperatures in the coming decades, along with sea-level rises, downpours, droughts, and floods. The changes are projected to affect nearly every region and every facet of New York's economy, including upstate ski resorts and dairy farms.

The report finds that the changing weather patterns will also affect public health. Co-author Patrick Kinney is director of Columbia University's Climate and Health Program. He spoke with Julie Grant about the diseases and other problems that could be in the north country's future.  Go to full article
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)
Linda Barberic's partner Keith helps her prepare a healthy meal, using olive oil instead of butter. (Photo by Julie Grant)

Trying for a healthy Thanksgiving

With so many Americans facing diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, the Thanksgiving meal has become a battleground in some families. Some family members want to make it a healthy meal, others want to stick with their traditional family dishes. Julie Grant reports:  Go to full article
Cathy Matthews looks at canned goods on the pantry shelves.
Cathy Matthews looks at canned goods on the pantry shelves.

Pantry hopes to nourish both sides of the "giving" equation

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends - and food. But more and more people in the north country need help with putting food on the table. Asking for that help can be hard. Julie Grant visited one pantry in Canton that tries to make it easier. The director hopes to nourish both people who need food, and people who donate.  Go to full article
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)

Financial expert criticizes economics of shale gas exploration

Drilling companies have been criticizing New York for delaying permits to drill for gas in the state's underground shale formations. The Department of Environmental Conservation says it is still considering regulations, and might not issue permits until 2013.

Deborah Rogers is glad New York is asking questions before allowing this type of drilling. Rogers has become a leading critic of the economics of shale gas exploration. She's an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas. Rogers spoke Tuesday night at Clarkson University, and earlier in the day with Julie Grant.  Go to full article
Lead wheel weights.  Photo:  Jeff Gearhart
Lead wheel weights. Photo: Jeff Gearhart

New York among leaders getting lead out of the environment

The U.S. has worked to get lead out of gas and out of paint, but the biggest source of lead in a consumer product is still on roadways. It's in the form of wheel weights, used to balance the tires on our cars. The Environmental Protection Agency says about 1.6 million pounds of lead falls off of vehicles each year, and winds up in the environment. New York is among a handful of states that is leading the effort to ban lead wheel weights. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

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