Though today is the first official day of spring, some municipalities are looking at dwindling snow-removal budgets. Drive anywhere across the Capital Region, down through the Hudson Valley into Westchester and New York City, and you'll find an abundance of potholes thanks to a polar vortex-driven winter that goes down in the books as one of the snowiest since recordkeeping began, one that strained municipal budgets already pared and stretched by changing economic times.
A climate scientist says ski resorts in the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are not well poised to survive at the end of the century as the region sees warmer winters.
The past fifteen thousand years--the entire span of human civilization--have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when sea levels were more than 700 feet below modern levels. Over the next eleven millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These rapid changes had little effect on those humans who experienced them, partly because there were so few people on earth, and also because they were able to adjust readily to new coastlines.
One year ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard with high winds, heavy rain and a storm surge of more than 13 feet, claiming 44 lives and displacing thousands. The Superstorm turned the greatest city in the world into a city of darkness and called new attention to climate change.