The Union of Concerned Scientists have released preliminary results from a two year study on climate change and the news is dire for the Northeast. Winters would be on average 8 to 12 degrees higher by the end of the century, and summers 6 to 14 degrees higher. This means change for the economy and industries that create the unique character of the region:
- The skiing industry would go out of business, except for western Maine resorts.
- Lobstering south of Maine would cease to exist as will cod fisheries
- Maple syrup production in Vermont will end
- Fall foliage will no longer dazzle
- Apple orchards will die out
- Boston, New York and Atlantic City would be regularly flooded
- Songbirds will disappear (see, I told you it was dire)