Climate Change in New England: Can We Adjust, and How?

Climate change is here and it's getting worse. So what can we do about it?

Climate change isn't only a problem for future generations. It's here, it’s happening right now and it's everyone's problem.

NBC10 Boston Meteorologist Chris Gloninger is diving deep into the impact of climate change here at home with his weekly reports on the crisis. What does climate change look like for New England? How is it impacting us? And how do we adjust to living with a problem that is getting worse? The damage from the climate change crisis is already happening. As it gets worse, we need to be ready to adjust.

A by-the-numbers look at fossil fuel usage and our changing climate, which is now in crisis, even if it's not immediately obvious.

Three Things You Likely Didn't Know About Climate Change in New England

  • The Northeast has warmed more than any other region in the U.S. when you look at long and short time spans, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Sea level rise is occurring about twice as fast in coastal New England as it is in the world ocean on average, according to climate scientist Sam Miller of Plymouth State University.
  • Climate change can actually result in more snow in New England. A warmer planet evaporates more water and that water ends up in the atmosphere. If there’s more moisture in the atmosphere, storms will have more precipitation. That means downpours in the warm months and more snow in the colder months!