Climate Change

Climate change affects Neponset land, water, people and wildlife, changing what we view as “normal.” Species adapt to these changes, migrate elsewhere, or deal with the consequences. We can reduce our contribution to climate change as well as help natural communities to adapt.

Signs of climate change

  • Spring comes earlier
  • Average temperatures across the Northeast have risen, especially during winter
  • Average air and water temperatures will continue to rise
  • Air pollution in cities will increase (especially during summer)
  • Forest make-up will change. Some plants will tolerate the new weather (and possibly even thrive), while others won’t
  • More precipitation will fall in winter, and more snow will be replaced with rain
  • Intense rainstorms will increase
  • One- to three-month droughts will become more frequent
  • Summer streamflows will drop
  • Sea-level will rise and flood and/or permanently inundate low-lying coastal areas like barrier beaches, salt marshes, and sea-side developments
  • Some wildlife species (both aquatic and terrestrial) will migrate away or die out because their habitat has changed

Take action

  • Use less fossil fuels to reduce the amount of heat-trapping emissions that we add to the atmosphere
  • Help wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change by reducing the amount of natural resources we use (i.e., conserving water, and following the re-use / reduce / recycle philosophy)
  • Enhance the landscape for native wildlife (i.e., plant native plants throughout, and around any streams or ponds, on your property)
  • Protect streams from pollution (i.e., use fewer harsh chemicals at home)
  • Plant a rain garden
  • Plant a variety of native plants along the edge of any stream or pond on your property

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