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IMPACTS Regional Consequences


Across the globe, and here in the Northeast, the climate is changing. Records show that spring is arriving earlier, summers are growing hotter, and winters are becoming warmer and less snowy. These changes are consistent with global warming, an urgent phenomenon driven by heat-trapping emissions from human activities. Explore the impacts of climate change on coasts, fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, agriculture, winter recreation and health by choosing an icon on the map!

What are the two emissions scenarios?

New state-of-the-art research describes how climate change may affect Northeast states under two different emissions scenarios. Emissions choices we make today–in the Northeast, and worldwide–will help determine the climate our children and grandchildren inherit, and shape the consequences for their economy, environment, and quality of life. The lower-emissions scenario assumes a shift away from fossil fuels in favor of clean energy technologies, causing emissions to decline by mid-century
The higher-emissions scenario assumes continued heavy reliance on fossils fuels, causing heat-trapping emissions to rise rapidly over the course of the century
Union of Concerned Scientists