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2012-04-17 - Alan Betts: Climate change: Taking a Local Perspective to the Global Level

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
The rapid pace of climate change in northern latitudes presents society with many challenges and a few opportunities. I am writing from the perspective of Vermont in the northeastern United States, where I conduct research on local climate change1,2, give talks3 and write for local newspapers4. In the past few decades in northern New England (45 degrees N), the winter season, when small lakes are frozen, has been lessening by about seven days per decade1. This impacts local ecology, stream flow and human recreational activities like ice fishing. Similarly, ground freeze-up is coming later, and melt is happening earlier in the spring.
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2012-04-17 - IJC to hold public hearings on study of critical sources of phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting the public to comment on the International Missisquoi Bay Study Board’s final report on phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay on Lake Champlain.

In 2008, the Canadian and U.S. federal governments asked the International Joint Commission (IJC) to help them coordinate initiatives in both countries to reduce phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay. The IJC appointed the International Missisquoi Bay Study Board to help it carry out this request. The study identified specific areas in the Vermont portion of the basin where efforts to control phosphorus runoff would be most cost effective.
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2012-04-16 - State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux Makes Weather Clearer

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
Why did Lake Champlain flood so badly last spring? How unusual was that summer drought? Why was the rainfall during Irene so intense? How are we to make sense of all this?

The weather certainly has been strange lately. As we emerge from the "year of no winter," following the year of record-breaking spring floods, a summer drought, the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, and that early heavy snow storm last October, most of us are wondering: What is going on?
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2012-04-08 - A Glimpse into the Future of our Vermont Climate By Alan Betts

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:44
What a remarkably mild winter it was! West of the Green Mountains we had no permanent snow cover this winter to reflect sunlight and keep temperatures cold...
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2012-04-04 - CWDD Streams HS Student Elise Huntley wins Gold Medal at VSSMF: Nominated to compete at National Level at the Genius Olympiad

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:32
The 52nd annual VT State Science & Math Fair was held at Norwich University in Northfield last Saturday. 170 students in grades 5-12 were awarded prizes and college scholarships that add up to almost $1 million. Eva spoke to the young leaders of tomorrow about their research projects and results.
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Science Minded: Teacher spurs curiosity - U-T San Diego

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 09:15

Science Minded: Teacher spurs curiosity
U-T San Diego
Vermont EPSCoR By Aaron Hartmann My dad is a teacher, so naturally the idea for this week's post came from him: Write about the teacher that inspired you to get into science. The concept of having one inspiration may sound cliché, but I have such a ...

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Less snow could mean fewer floods, tame rapids - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 05:46

Less snow could mean fewer floods, tame rapids
Wall Street Journal
"If you're a town downstream that gets these giant ice dams floods like happen in upstate New York, Vermont, all the hilly places, then it reduces the risks of the bigger floods," said Curt Stager, a professor of natural sciences at Paul Smiths College ...

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Natural Selections: Tent Caterpillars - North Country Public Radio

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:13

North Country Public Radio

Natural Selections: Tent Caterpillars
North Country Public Radio
... whose voracious appetite can completely strip a tree of foliage. These moth larvae are unusual, both in their engineering feats and their social organization. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore the life cycle of this nemesis of orchard and yard.

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2012-03-14 - RACC research presentation to Vermont Climate Cabinet

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 00:13
Adaptaton to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin
With New Understanding through Complex Systems Modeling
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Another early spring green-up in Vermont

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:08

BurlingtonFreePress.com (blog)

Another early spring green-up in Vermont
BurlingtonFreePress.com (blog)
I came across a paper by Pittsford, Vermont climate scientist Alan Betts, which says that in recent decades, first leaves on lilacs are coming earlier at a rate of 2.9 days per decade. Betts says the growing season for frost sensitive plants is two ...

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2012-03-10 - RACC members present at Climate Change Workshop for Teachers held at Saint Michael's College

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 17:59
March 10, 2012 at Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT The goal of this event was to share resources and tools for teaching about climate change. It was a stimulating day of new information, dialogue, and classroom applications in an innovative format of presentations, lab work, and computer time.
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Molnar: Silver Solace - Vermont Public Radio

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 17:59

Vermont Public Radio

Molnar: Silver Solace
Vermont Public Radio
At a recent Science Pub gathering in Castleton, climate scientist Alan Betts confirmed these personal observations with scientific indicators such as freeze dates, the length of the growing season, even the first leaf of lilacs, a traditional indicator ...

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Natural Selections: Soundscapes - North Country Public Radio

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:12

Natural Selections: Soundscapes
North Country Public Radio
... in an urban environment may cause male birds to raise the pitch of mating calls. And birds in an environment where the sounds of predators are common will be less successful in breeding and nesting. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss soundscapes.

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Natural Selections: Atom supply - North Country Public Radio

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 00:41

North Country Public Radio

Natural Selections: Atom supply
North Country Public Radio
Given that the world atom supply is finite, more or less, Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore the notion that all of us are made up of some atoms that were found in William Shakepeare, the dinosaurs, and each other.

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Professional News: February 22, 2012 - UVM News

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 12:47

Professional News: February 22, 2012
UVM News
By University Communications The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) will honor the Vermont EPSCoR program when the regional organization holds its 10th annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards celebration on Friday, ...

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Natural Selections: Convergent Evolution - North Country Public Radio

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 07:55

North Country Public Radio

Natural Selections: Convergent Evolution
North Country Public Radio
But some creatures, such as whales and dolphins, clearly adapted to the land, then returned to the sea. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about convergent evolution. Whales retain a vestigal pelvis and femur disconnected from the spine - a remnant ...

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