Florida Nonprofit Interviews Experts On Global Warming
In the nonprofits first episode, Ulrich and Paulaha speak with PhD Biologist and Boston University professor Richard Primack about how climate change is causing cherry trees to blossom earlier than they have in the last 1200 years in both Japan and Washington DC.
"There more than 100 weather observatories around the country where people are also recording cherry blossom festival times," notes Primack. "One thing which people have been noting is that the cherry blossom festivals are getting earlier because the climate is warming. Cherry blossoms are the best biological indicator of climate change."
Primack notes he is conducting other research in the state of Massachusetts where he lives that includes looking at flowering times of plants, leaving out times of trees and also the migration time of birds in the spring and the fall. All of these are being used as indicators of climate change – in spring things are happening earlier and in the autumn, things are happening later.
"The changing climate is having a diversity of effects. It isn't just temperature that's changing, we also see the sea levels rising, and frequent droughts in many areas of the United States, particularly the Western United States, and a lot of our agricultural and forestry systems are changing. Because of warmer winters and a lack of frost during the winter, we're now seeing a lot of insect outbreaks in ways which we didn't see in the past."
The full Richard Primack interview may be viewed on the Global Conscience YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/