Roger Hannigan Gilson reports for The Other Hudson Valley
about the Fourth National Climate Assessment and what it might mean for the local area. Temperatures could rise in the Hudson Valley and Catskills by four-to-five degrees by 2050, according to the report produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 12 other federal agencies. The Hudson River is expected to rise by between two and four-and-a-half feet by 2100. "Much of Athens’ waterfront, in Greene County, will be underwater. The South Bay, just outside of Hudson, will greatly expand, lapping at the doorsteps of industrial buildings. Sections of the rail line running along the Hudson’s east bank, which carries both freight trains and Amtrak passengers, will be submerged," according to NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer. Lyme disease season will begin three weeks earlier in the spring by 2080, according to the report, as ticks will be feeding earlier in the spring. Read the story in The Other Hudson Valley blog.