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The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Is a tree trying to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, poor soil, and a root system disrupted by asphalt and pipes…

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Eye on weather: The spring forecast

March 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences

From the April Fool’s Blizzard of 1997 to the record floods of May 2006 to the sizzling heat of the 2012 Boston Marathon, we are vulnerable to a veritable potpourri of weather in the spring…

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Less Snowfall may Harm Soil Quality and Tree Health, Study Suggests

February 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nature, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences

Tree growth and water system quality may be negatively impacted by milder winters in the coming years, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University report that less snow cover associated with warmer winters will leave the ground exposed to prolonged freezing conditions, which will have consequences for trees and aquatic ecosystems…

Expert quote:

“Most people think that climate change means hot, sweltering summer months, but it affects the winter as well.”

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Milder winters can have negative impact on trees & water quality

February 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, WBUR 0 comments

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More than snow in the equation as school cancellations mount

February 14th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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The accusation: When it comes to snow, the region’s residents have melted into wimps. The alleged proof: The threshold for calling snow days seems to have dropped so low that officials cancel school for storms that would have been shrugged off in the past — a hardier period loosely defined as “back in the day.” But is it true?…

Expert quote:

“Clearly this winter is an outlier, but the general trend has been for our region to receive less snow, and this trend is expected to continue.”

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Wired Forest May Reveal How New England Forests Respond to Climate Change

July 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, Scientific American 0 comments

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Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming…

Expert quote:

“It’s somewhat counterintuitive, but snow actually acts like a blanket. And so if you have a sufficient snowpack on the ground, all the organisms that live under that snowpack are snuggly warm. It’s like being inside of an igloo.”

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Losing Winter: Climate Change Will Hit New England Hard

June 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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Have you noticed that maple syrup is getting more expensive and harder to find? There’s a reason for that, and we’ll get to it in a moment…

Expert quote:

“The climate is definitely changing around New England, where it’s warmed 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1950s. There are about 20 fewer days when snow covers the ground then there was back then.”

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Researchers Say New England Winters Getting Shorter

November 22nd, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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When you think of a New England winter, one thing comes to mind: snow. But research is showing our winters are changing…

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Help, the mountains are melting!

November 7th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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Climate change may have been ignored during this fall’s elections, but it’s likely on the minds of many skiers — not to mention ski resorts eager to avoid a repeat of last year’s warm winter, which saw many ski-related businesses either opening late or closing early…

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A climate change call to arms

October 17th, 2012 in 2012, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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The official start of winter may still be more than two months away, but in New England, we should be watching the long-term forecasts…

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