Global climate change, in the most basic sense, is a change in climate. However, there is much more to it, as you will see in the main feature below. Is climate change really happening? The consensus among most scientists now is that global climate change is happening. They know it is happening because they have studied precipitation data and changes in weather patterns. Even in the Northeast, we have experienced climate changes. For example, the average temperature in the Northeast has increased by about 1.8 ° F since 1899, and we have seen intense rain and snow events. These are symptoms of climate change. The important question is, “Do I really need to be concerned? ” Yes, you do! There are potential impacts that could be serious for the health of humans and wildlife, for the environment and much more. Scientists and researchers believe that ski resorts, coastal communities, forests, foliage and coldwater fish could be some of the things in New Hampshire affected by global climate change. This issue of Project WEB introduces you to global climate change and offers information on programs in the state that are already contributing to the effort to counter global climate change through technology, research and education
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