30 Mar '12, 1pm

Maple syrup-pocalypse arrives 20 years early

Maple syrup-pocalypse arrives 20 years early

Maple syrup farmers have “never seen a season like this,” and as a result, maple syrup production has cratered . If you like the stuff, it’s time to start stockpiling it . Scientists have been saying that maple syrup production could be devastated in 20 to 30 years , but this season’s warm temperatures are so extreme that we’re getting a taste of that state of the climate now. Or maybe climate change is two decades ahead of schedule and we are even more screwed than we thought. Well, probably not the second one — the heat wave we’re experiencing now could easily be followed next year by a cold snap, bringing syrup production back to normal. But it’s useful as an analogy for what future climate change will be like, says climate scientist Matthew Huber . In addition to letting us practice wearing shorts in March, it’s a dry run for climate impacts like this one. Long story s...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/maple-syrup-pocalypse-arrives-20-ye...

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