Will Climate Change Affect Fall Foliage and the Economy?

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Even if changing temperatures does affect fall foliage, does it really matter? While it might seem insignificant at first glance, a decrease or delay in the brilliancy of autumn leaves may have serious negative effects on the New England economy.

Millions of tourists’ dollars are spent in New England during the Fall, so obviously a change in the climate that affects foliage would not be good news for numerous businesses. A three-year study is underway by the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center to shed some light on the matter.

Biologists at the University have begun studying how temperature affects the development of autumn colors by measuring color pigments in leaves exposed to varying temperatures. It is thought that cold nights followed by warm, sunny days creates the stunning display we see every year throughout New England.

Just one more reason we need to reduce our emissions and limit climate change.

Source: MSNBC

photo by Natale Carioni

Tag(s): Green Travel, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, The Great Green Outdoors


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