Environmentalists are the ultimate pragmatists.
A version originally posted on 2/1/2018:
I’ve been in Maine, other places -- the Sierra, Colorado -- when it’s been 20 below, colder, but as the earth warms those days have become fewer.
The parasites -- deer and dog ticks -- live all year round in this part of Maine now -- but, maybe as Maine becomes more cordial in its winters, the ticks will pass by, move north looking for cooler weather. The moose, deer, and other living things dying of year-round parasite infestations will celebrate, live with less pain…
I witness the change that global warming is inflicting on my country with a sense of grief -- I love the Old West, the Maine woods…
If you've spent time in Maine, in the Sierra, watched the changes in the life cycle of the ticks, the woods, the weather, life, you'd know that Global Warming brings changes that are real, and destructive.
Originally posted on 8/22/16:
Prevailing winds from the Rust Belt in the U.S. and Canada provide L.A.-like air quality conditions in some areas of Maine in the summer. Acid Rain. Smog. Respiratory harm to life.
New England-area warming has impacted the dog and deer tick life-cycle from a normally dormant winter life to an active winter life. I pull ticks off of dogs in January now. Just a few years ago I pulled the last ticks of summer in October-November, years before that September-October.
The moose and deer population of Maine have suffered dramatically even in winter, causing underweight, malnourished moose to suffer and die as a result.
As the water temperature rises in Vermont the most active and reliable trout hatcheries are in Maine. Watching the trout population in a brook (I lived by for years) survive in healthy and supportive conditions -- as immediate temperatures rise and life changes in the most forested state in the nation -- I wonder how much longer the brook trout will still be there…
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