03 Sep '12, 11am

Did climate change cause the Great Lobster Invasion of 2012?

It has been a banner year for lobstermen along the New England coast, where the harvest has been of epic proportions. They’re probably not getting rich on it, though — the lobster invasion has driven prices down. In the latest episode of Slow Ride Stories, our climate-talking heroes Erik and Albert head down to the hahbah in Gloucester, Mass., to tahk lahbstah with some of the men who know these clawed crustaceans best. We learn a little about how the critters work, and what locals are saying about the role of climate change in this uncharacteristic year. Lobsterman Joe Ciaramitaro says he’s not convinced that climate change has anything to do with the warmer-than-usual waters that likely led to the bounty this year. Geno Mondello, a lobster fisherman and wooden boat builder, says, “Maybe Al Gore is right.” Erik Fyfe and Albert Thrower are traveling across the Northeast by...

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