Our Monday news catch-up included-- courtesy of Climate Progress-- news of a disturbing new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to flooding, public health effects and other commonly-cited culprits, they've spotlighted a number of critical food-related industries throughout the northeastern U.S. that might end up eviscerated thanks to global warming.
The long-term economic effects of warming have been a driving force behind state and local efforts to rein in its impact, and the effect on Massachusetts' coastline was particularly critical in assuring the state's standing before the Supreme Court earlier this year. Still, this study adds an alarming layer of depth and breadth to the case for regional and national action, and to the compelling interest that local officials have in seeking solutions that go beyond their limited domain.
The Washington Post's travel section has been highlighting treasured global tourist destinations that might not survive the climate of the next several decades, including an interactive map. Just imagine the local favorites that you might tack on there now-- for instance, families heading upstate from the NY suburbs to go apple picking and taste fresh cider-- and mapping out a compelling interest in pre-emptive action becomes a whole lot more urgent.