A new exhibit, "Seasons
of Change: Global Warming in Your Backyard,” is an "interactive
traveling exhibition from Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies
and Clean Air-Cool Planet's New England Science Center Collaborative, opens at
the Peabody" then.
The exhibit "illustrates how climate change is impacting the landscape of
New England over the change of the seasons. Although New England climate change
is the focus, global climate change is addressed as well," according to a release.
The exhibit runs through
"This family-friendly exhibition uses
computer games, videos and hands-on specimens to illustrate the science of
global warming and climate change," the release said.
"As visitors control a global climate change
simulation and compare coastal flooding today with projections for the year
2100, they will have help formulating answers to the question: What will you
miss most about your current climate? The ultimate message is that it’s not
staying the same."
Also according to the release: "New England is already experiencing
changes that are consistent with global warming: rising temperatures and sea
levels, decreasing snow cover and earlier springs. With these changes, we can
also expect more extreme weather: more summer days above 100°F; more damaging
nor'easters; and more seasonal droughts. Scientists also predict a 10 percent
increase in precipitation in the next 50 years, including fewer, more intense
rain events and more winter rainstorms. Coastal regions will be at greater risk
of flooding and erosion.
"Changes in climate are in turn
affecting our local flora and fauna in the form of altered habitat, breeding
and migration patterns and the availability of food. Invasive insects are
eating through forest habitats. Migratory bird ranges are shifting in response
to warmer weather and changing forest composition. Higher temperatures and
decreased water quality pose health risks for cold-water fish like brook trout.
And how will our beloved New England diet of lobster, cod and scallops be
affected? With rising temperatures in the North Atlantic putting these marine
species at increasing risk, these foods and others will become scarcer. As our
climate continues to change, some species will adapt. Others may have nowhere
Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed.
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