#3 Taking a closer look.

For sometime, I have been concerned about global warming and the side effects that it entails. As global warming continues to change our world, it will start providing challenges to iconic businesses in Vermont, such as the maple syrup industry, and other businesses that many people rely on for income. One of my best friends helps his father with their apiary called Lemon Fair Honey-works. I asked him how and if global warming affects his family’s business. He said that the increase in temperature and precipitation events can harm bees because it washes away the nectar in flowers which the bees use to make honey. This has become more of a problem because according to a government study, the annual precipitation has increased by 7 inches in the last 50 years.

Winter is by far my favorite season in Vermont. I love to ski, and I know many people that enjoy other wintertime activities, like ice fishing, skating, sledding, and cross country skiing. These _____ generate lots of revenue and jobs from tourism equaling to millions of dollars in profits. Unfortunately, winters are getting warmer in Vermont. A government study shows that the average winter temperature in vermont has increased by 4 degrees Fahrenheit in recent years. Another thing I found shocking was that the study also found that the average Vermont winter has decreased by three weeks. Many Vermont industries and citizens rely on good winters with snow, and ice coverage, and shortening that time by three weeks could be devastating. Global warming does not always mean a warmer climate, and the opposite end of the spectrum, extreme cold, hosts its own set of problems.

Another industry that is heavily associated with Vermont that might be challenged is maple syrup. I absolutely love maple syrup and have it on everything, and i know many people including some of my friends that make maple syrup. In my opinion, maple syrup is probably the most iconic thing about Vermont and is very important to some Vermonters. Looking at a blog entry about the effects global warming on maple trees, it becomes very apparent that maples are being hit from all angles, including acid rain, insects, the lack of snow, and and earlier maple sugaring season. All of these issues are connected with global warming. The burning of fossil fuels causes the rainwater to be slightly acidic, taking out various nutrients. The increasing temperature has pushed the maple sugaring season back by a couple of weeks, and has allowed various insect species that eat foliage to thrive causing further harm to the trees.

 

thanks to my friend, Ben Munkres and the following websites:

http://climatechange.vermont.gov/our-changing-climate/what-it-means/tourism

https://www.maplesource.com/blog/how-climate-change-is-impacting-maple-syrup-production/#.WdLsNXXyvV1

http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/climate-health/climate-change

 

 

Alex Tolgyesi

4 Responses to “#3 Taking a closer look.

  • Allison Stebe
    3 years ago

    Very interesting post. I like that you have provided detailed statistics about climate change and also seem to be taking a focus on Honey and Maple Syrup, two prominent industries in Vermont.

    In your last few posts you have mentioned that you are interested in climate change. I wonder if you can expand on that concern. What specifically keeps you up at night (well, maybe not all night). Is there a specific component of climate change that is puzzling-the scientific aspect, the personal aspect, or global impacts. As a reader, I am always interested in the personal connection and the “why”.

    Also, just thinking out loud, are there any positive impacts to climate change within these industries? I have a friend who sugars and last season was his best year, yet. I imagine it was a combination of various weather patterns but what specifically happened to make the sap flow in abundance? And can that be sustained throughout the years?

    Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Alex,
    As I was reading your post, a few questions came to mind that might help you in your research: do you think the acid rain is harming the flowers and/or the bees as well as the maple trees? Is it poisonous?
    Good luck with tackling this important issue.
    Sydney

    • Acid rain dissolves certain minerals in the soil that maple trees need to grow. Acid rain is not poisonous, it just has a lower PH than regular water from co2. Bees are challenged by large precipitation events because they can’t work in the rain, and it washes the nectar out of the flowers.

  • Hey Alex,
    I really liked your post. The comment about the bees really caught my attention. Although I don’t know the specifics, I’ve heard that without bees, our whole ecosystem could fall apart at the seams. Is this something that you’re going to delve further into?

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