Last week the Nature Conservancy released a report on the effects of climate change in the Lake Champlain basin. The authors of the study used a wide range of scientific models to forecast the impact that global warming might have on the ecology of the lake’s watershed. They found some indicators — like rising air temperatures, increased phosphorous pollution and less frequent ice cover on Lake Champlain — are fairly certain to worsen over the next century, while others — like changes in precipitation levels — are harder to predict.
We talk about the study’s findings and how the effects of climate change can be managed in our region with climate researcher and aquatic ecologist Curt Stager, who co-authored the study, and Rose Paul, director of Science and Stewardship for the Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter. We also hear from Julie Moore, the director of the state’s Lake Champlain cleanup effort, about how the climate forecasts affect the the Clean and Clear plan. Listen
Also in the program, a project that is helping farms anticipate and manage diseases among animals. We talk with Dr. Julie Smith, a professor in UVM’s Animal Sciences Department, about how farms deal with the "what if" scenarios of managing outbreaks like foot-and-mouth disease. Listen