Monday, November 27, 2006

Enjoying the WARM weather in VT

Does anyone else think something strange is going on when it's 52 degrees in Burlington, Vermont, with three days to go until December??? What am I doing about it you ask? Continuing to educate myself on global climate change, and spreading the word...

Tonight in Burlington there is a free screening of An Inconvenient Truth at the University of Vermont. Other climate-related events this week include a screening of "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" tomorrow, and Wednesday a talk by Laurie David, producer of An Inconvenient Truth and wife of Larry David, entitled "Stop Global Warming."

Climate change is very scary business, when you consider the fact that the climate is not only expected to warm, weather patterns are likely to become more unpredictable. What does this mean for our life? Specifically I am concerned about what this means for food? Growing seasons in some places will be longer (I've met many Canadians who are happy about this benefit), while it will be shorter in others. Storms, floods and droughts are said to become more common. Food for Thought: The Farmer's Almanac has been a useful tool since 1792 for predicting weather and astronomical occurances during the year that would likely affect food growing. It predicts a cold snowy winter this season, one that we have yet to feel - we'll see.

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