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New York

Brook Trout

Climate Projections
Human Health
Property and Infrastructure
Recreation & Tourism
Water Supply & Pollution
Climate Solutions
Resources & Links

From the Finger Lakes to fertile farmlands, New York's natural splendor includes such sights as Niagara Falls and the foliage displays that attract millions annually. New York's farm and rural landscapes are the source of bountiful and varied crops, making New York the third largest producer of dairy products and sixth largest producer of fruit crops in the country. The shorelines and waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are an integral part of the landscape as well as the economy of New York, attracting outdoor enthusiasts with opportunities for anglers, boaters, campers, hunters and wildlife watchers. They also provide important means for transporting goods produced in the region as well as provide hydroelectric power.

Niagara Falls

Much of this natural splendor is at risk from climate change. This change is largely driven by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity and drive our cars, which in turn emits gases—principally carbon dioxide—that blanket the planet and trap heat. The resulting fundamental change in the Earth's atmosphere and climate is affecting people and the environment in the Great Lakes region.

In the New York section of these web feature, we explore what a changing climate could mean for the state. Specifically, we examine how climate is projected to change in New York; how these changes may impact human health, agriculture, water supplies, property and infrastructure, as well as tourism and recreation; and how New Yorkers can help reduce these potential impacts by pursuing several solutions strategies.

After you've learned about the threats that a changing climate pose to New York, please take a couple of minutes to tell policymakers to begin tackling the problem. This is easy to do on our action pages.

New York State Summary Global Warming Solutions for the Great Lakes
Impacts on New York Communities and Ecosystems Global Warming Solutions for the Great Lakes

Photo Credits:
Brook Trout -- Gerald C. Bucher.
Niagara Falls -- Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Carole Y. Swinehart.
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