It may seem vast and invisible, but climate change is already having an effect around the world, and here at home. If left unchecked, it is on track to irrevocably damage the very landscapes that The Trustees exist to protect. Scientists say Massachusetts can expect:
- Flooding of coastal areas that provide homes for 4.8 million people, or 75 percent of the state’s population – not to mention critical habitat for species including piping plovers and roseate terns.
- Northward migration and eventual disappearance of trees such as the sugar maple and paper birch, and a surge of invasive species such as kudzu.
- More intense periods of rain and drought, the latter contributing to a 10 to 20 percent increase in the risk of forest fires.
- Increased risk of insect-borne disease including West Nile and Lyme disease.
- Increased algal blooms, which damage fisheries and can be toxic to humans.
- Accelerated pollen production, leading to increased asthma and allergies.
The good news is, swift action can help avoid this Bay State fate. Be part of the solution: See “What You Can Do” for ways you can help.