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Study: New England warming faster than the rest of the world – WCVB Boston

A troubling new report on climate change warns that New England is warming faster than the rest of the planet and that the rapid changes will threaten elements of the regional economy. In a paper published earlier this month by the journal Climate, authors affiliated with Salem State University and UMass-Amherst analyzed the temperature averages for each state individually and the region as a whole. They found that temperatures in the area have increased more than 1.5-degrees-celsius from 1900 to 2020. “This warming is diminishing the distinctive four-season climate of New England, resulting in changes to the region’s ecology and threatening the rural economies throughout the region,” the authors wrote. The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement sought to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2-degrees-celsius and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made a similar recommendation over the summer. Temperature data analyzed for the paper in Climate came from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network. The authors wrote that their analysis “clearly shows” that every New England season is getting warmer and the region is getting hotter at a rate faster than the global average. “Changes in New England’s climate are threatening the seasonality, the natural resources, and the economic underpinnings of the region,” they wrote. “The warming of the region, the shifting of the seasons, and the changes in precipitation all threaten New England’s distinctive natural landscape.”

A troubling new report on climate change warns that New England is warming faster than the rest of the planet and that the rapid changes will threaten elements of the regional economy.

In a paper published earlier this month by the journal Climate, authors affiliated with Salem State University and UMass-Amherst analyzed the temperature averages for each state individually and the region as a whole.

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They found that temperatures in the area have increased more than 1.5-degrees-celsius from 1900 to 2020.

“This warming is diminishing the distinctive four-season climate of New England, resulting in changes to the region’s ecology and threatening the rural economies throughout the region,” the authors wrote.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement sought to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2-degrees-celsius and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made a similar recommendation over the summer.

Temperature data analyzed for the paper in Climate came from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network. The authors wrote that their analysis “clearly shows” that every New England season is getting warmer and the region is getting hotter at a rate faster than the global average.

“Changes in New England’s climate are threatening the seasonality, the natural resources, and the economic underpinnings of the region,” they wrote. “The warming of the region, the shifting of the seasons, and the changes in precipitation all threaten New England’s distinctive natural landscape.”

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