Catalyst Fall 2016

What climate impacts are you seeing near you and how is your community addressing them?

What Our Members Are Saying

In the Northeast, we are seeing more intense rainstorms, often leading to flooding and washing out undersized culverts beneath our roads and railroads. Massachusetts is finally contracting with the US Geological Survey to update our flood-flow calculations (think 100-year storms now happening every 2 to 10 years). Our state also came up with the Massachusetts River and Stream Crossing Standards for all new roads, encouraging road/stream crossings to be upgraded when major road repairs are undertaken.

Jane Winn, Pittsfield, MA


I’m seeing drought, excessive heat, much milder winters, and flora and fauna stresses.

Edward Klein, Ridgeland, MS


Because of my lifelong interest in entomology (70 years), I have always been aware of the insects around me, wherever I was living. Nowadays, there are almost none—especially bees and butterflies. I miss the little critters.

Jackie Stewart, Tuscaloosa, AL


With rising seas, the impact of a Category 3 to 5 hurricane in my area will produce more destruction than before. MacDill Air Force Base near me is now drawing up plans to counter the rise in sea level forecast for the years to come. And property insurance for residences located in floodplains (which cover practically all of two nearby counties) is slated to rise substantially in the next 10 years.

Tom Cleary , Tampa, FL


Nature is the best indicator that our world is warming up. Mangroves, which were once limited to the southern part of Florida, are now spreading northward. Alligators are now found in the Mississippi River in Kentucky. Warm-water fish are replacing cold-water fish in Long Island Sound. Birds are migrating northward two weeks earlier. . . . Everyone . . . should pay attention.

Daniel Guillot


Longer, milder winters in Alaska but with record snows. I never had to get flood insurance, but was recently recommended to get it for my house.

Elena Prisekin


Where I live, a half mile from the ocean in Salem, Massachusetts, water surging from the North River onto the street was deep enough to go over the top of my rubber boots. Crazily, Salem has two huge building projects planned for just this stretch. People driving by when I was taking pictures of the flooding asked, “What happened? Water line break?” I said, “No. Just high tide and climate change.”

Ann Larsen Whittier