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Climate change in Vermont: The struggle to adapt

Burlington Free Press: The three Vermont legislative committees picked the right day last week to hold a joint hearing on the effects of climate change on businesses. • Some people were late after having to pick their way through the remnants of overnight freezing rain. As the hearing progressed, temperatures outdoors rose toward record heights. Weather forecasters talked of flood and wind alerts, and warned of plunging temperatures the next day. • The consensus among the 40 or so people who testified at Wednesday’s hearing...

Lack of ice cover might be affecting the ecology of Lake Champlain

Burlington Free Press: Less Lake Ice: Number of times the lake failed to freeze over, per decade: 1900-09: 0 1910-19: 1 1920-29: 0 1930-39: 2 1940-49: 1 1950-59: 5 1960-69: 3 1970-79: 3 1980-89: 5 1990-99: 7 2000-10: 5 Lake freeze-overs, or lack thereof, in the recent years: 2000: Not closed 2001: March 2 2002: Not closed 2003: Feb. 15 2004: Jan. 27 2005: March 8 2006: Not closed 2007: March 2 2008: Not closed 2009: Not closed 2010: Not closed Earliest...

United States: Lake Champlain: Learning to adapt to the new normal

Burlington Free Press: Will the nightmare of this year's record Lake Champlain flood repeat itself? A report prepared for The Nature Conservancy last year concluded that global climate change is both increasing temperatures and precipitation in the Lake Champlain basin. The report said the changes make the lake more unpredictable, and could increase the likelihood of spring flooding. As if to underscore the Nature Conservancy report, a winter of heavy snow and a record wet spring combined to bring on an epic Lake...