Great Video of New Hampshire Farmer Trying to Save Maple Syrup from Climate Change

In the past five decades, winter temperatures in the Northeastern U.S. have risen by 4 degrees F, causing noticeable changes in levels of snow and ice during the slowly shortening winter months. The trend was recently highlighted by 50 scientists in New Hampshire, who wrote an open letter to GOP candidates campaigning in the state, asking them to take global warming seriously.

Along with the impact to tourism and recreation, one of the region’s most culturally-significant products may also suffer from increasingly warm winters: Maple syrup. Producers are noticing shifts in the length of the tapping season, and thus the amount of sugars contained in spring sap dripping from maple trees.

The short documentary film below explores the impact that warmer temperatures are having on this industry. It profiles Martha Carlson, a long-time syrup producer who’s investigating what those changes mean for the future of maple syrup.

3 Responses to Great Video of New Hampshire Farmer Trying to Save Maple Syrup from Climate Change

  1. RH factor says:

    Realizing your mistakes TOO LATE are not enough for these campaigning cretons. I have outright hatred of these people THEY need to understand THAT!

  2. otto_otto_otto says:

    This article is about New Hampshire, not Quebec.

  3. Gail Zawacki says:

    Arg! It’s not climate change or drought (yet) that is killing trees – it’s air pollution. Decades of scientific research have demonstrated that ozone impairs the ability of vegetation to produce chlorophyll, damaging foliage and needles and causing physiological changes that lead to increased susceptibility to insects, disease, fungus, winterkill, windthrow and drought.

    ALL trees are in decline now, not just maples, and that includes very young trees being grown and watered in containers, so it isn’t long-term climate change or erratic precipitation.

    Another film, hot-air balloon vantage of premature senescence (early leaf drop) autumn 2011: