Spring, Our Greatest Indicator of a Changing Climate

One of the greatest perks of living in a temperate region like the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing the on going march from one season into the next. The most recent transition from winter to spring is one of my favorites. Every year I am amazed by the relative speed with which trees come back from their…

35,000 Walrus Forced to Beach Themselves

On September 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 35,000 walrus had beached themselves in Point Lay, Alaska the week prior, due to a lack of sea ice caused by climate change-exacerbated warming ocean temperatures. The beaching event was observed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff, who flew by Point Lay…

Iditarod forced to change route

On March 9, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in Fairbanks, Alaska — 250 miles north of its traditional route. This is the second time in the history of the race it has had to change routes. The above map shows snow depth across Alaska on March 9, with white regions showing three or…

Rocky Mountain forests at risk

In the past 15 years, tens of millions of trees have died in the Rocky Mountains. Hotter and dryer conditions driven by climate change have made wildfires, tree-killing insects and the stress of heat and drought more intense. If these climate change impacts remain unchecked, the Rocky Mountain’s iconic tree species and their crucial role…