Learn About Climate Change in New England on January 23

The Scoville Libary in Salisbury Connecticut is hosting a special program, Climate Change from New England to Global Climate Change on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. via zoom. Dr. William H. Schlesinger, President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will lead this fascinating discussion.

The impacts of climate change are enormous. In the northeast, we haven’t seen as great a shift as in some other parts of the country but this region is far from immune. Coastal flooding is of great concern and Boston and areas south have seen some extraordinary impacts. There have been usual flooding events inland as well. Some bird populations are in decline. Maple sugaring in southern New England may be a distant memory.

Dr. William Schlesinger, President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will examine the regional impacts of rapid climate change on the eastern United States, including implications for food, forestry, disease, and sea-level rise. He was on the faculty of Duke University for 27 years and was among the first scientists to quantify the amount of carbon held in soil organic matter globally, providing subsequent estimates of the role of soils and human impacts on forests and soils in global climate change.

While in many cases he thinks there are irreversible changes taking place now he also thinks there is hope. While certain communities are fragile “nature is resilient and systems can recover.” He will discuss one promising means to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, namely through the use of solar photovoltaic panels, and the cost/benefits of doing so. Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center His presentation will be given on Zoom for the Scoville Memorial Library in collaboration with the Salisbury Association Land Trust on Saturday, January 23 at 4:00 pm. In order to register go to the library’s event page.

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