Benjamin Horton was the keynote speaker at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s 2017 Science Summit held in January at Cape May, N.J. MEG McGUIRE Photo
A must-read: Sea-level rise
and climate change, explained
If you want to cut through all the noise and confusion about climate change, read this. This is important. Feel free to share. The more we know, the better able we'll be to respond to the challenge.
Ben Horton is in the Department of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University, and spoke at the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit on Jan. 22, 2017.
The facts of sea-level rise, global warning and climate change were pretty well understood by this audience — but the room was spellbound as Horton took us on a journey from the past to the future and what that future might look like.
So I asked him to respond to five questions and he kindly agreed.
1. First (and I just keep coming back to this one, unfortunately): How bad is it? How soon will the effects take hold? Will it be within my lifetime? Is there even any point to trying, or is it a lost cause? Before even getting to "it," perhaps a better definition of "climate change" is needed. I tend to think of it as two things: changing weather patterns and sea level rise. The secondary effects, then, are things like population destabilization, food scarcities, "natural disaster", and general social and political chaos. Are there others that I'm missing?
Our Earth is warming. Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts ...
Hunting teaches a young girl
to care about the natural world
Taylor L. Campfield is working as an intern for Delaware Currents and is a student at East Stroudsburg University. She's writing here about going hunting with her dad. — Editor
iSTOCK photoNovember 26, 2007 — The memory of this day is still fresh in my mind. I was 12 years old, out hunting with my father for the very first time. We were in the woods before the sun came up, waiting for a deer. Being the 12-year-old I was, I could not focus solely on finding a deer. My attention was drawn to the crisp morning air, the dew on the ground, and to the sunlight slowly making its way into the woods and lighting up the beautiful woods we were surrounded by. My dad and I were so still and quiet that a young bear crossed our path about ten yards away without noticing us. All of this makes hunting more than just finding an animal, it connects you to nature. Where was I able to experience this connection with nature? The woods along the Delaware River in northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Delaware River and the nature surrounding it depend on each other. With increasing pollution, rising carbon dioxide levels, loss of forest, and many other factors that contribute ...
A small tribe of river cleaner-uppers will tackle the Delaware River from Barryville south to Pond Eddy, N.Y., as part of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe River Clean Up. They are Cassidy Reice, Lilia Kaczmarzyk, Braden Cays, Donna Cays, Adam Kaczmarzyk, Danuta Nowicka, Dominique Pappa and Becky Jo Baker. Video by Meg McGuire
Listen to some of the many volunteers who made both days of the 27th Annual Kittatinny Canoe Clean On and Under the Delaware River a great success – from as near as Sandyston, N.J. and as far away as Sitka, Alaska (yep, Alaska!). Video by Meg McGuire
"If only people realized that they were not the most important creatures living on the Earth, I think the world would be a much better place." – Rebecca Pisall
Her death started a movement. Click here to learn more.
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