Category: Richard Primack

How Thoreau Helped Make Walden Pond One Of The Best Places To Study Climate Change In The U.S.

WBUR quoting Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Today is the 200th birthday of author, activist and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau…” Expert quote: “We know that climate change is partially responsible. A lot of the species that have declined the most are the cold-loving, northern wild flowers.” View full article. 

Mount Auburn Cemetery Tree Trackers Gather Climate Data Amid Changing Beauty

WBUR quoting Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “About 10 years ago, Liza Ketchum of Watertown noticed that the peonies in her garden were unfurling their big, showy blooms more than three weeks earlier than normal…” Expert quote: “What we know is that plants are now flowering about two weeks earlier than […]

Spring’s early arrival is a troubling indicator of climate change

WGBH Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “It’s spring, and everywhere you look flowers are blooming and trees are sprouting leaves…” Expert quote: “There’s actually a plant I never noticed here before,” he said. “Maybe it could be new. This is a bigtooth aspen.” View full interview. 

Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We’re Feeling It

National Geographic Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The shrubs probably responded first. In the 19th century, alder and flowering willows in the Alaskan Arctic stood no taller than a small child—just a little over three feet…” Expert quote: “Everywhere throughout the world, things are happening earlier in the spring—in China, Japan, Korea, […]

Should we be worried about our cherry blossoms because of climate change?

Deutsche Welle Richard Primack, College of Arts and Sciences With spring rapidly progressing, cherry trees all over the world are beginning to bloom earlier… Expert quote: ““For anyone who has never seen it, you really couldn’t believe what happens in Japan at that time of year,” Richard Primack, plant ecologist and professor of biology at […]

Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of US

Associated Press Richard Primack, College of Arts and Sciences Spring has sprung early — potentially record early — in much of the United States, bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about a climate gone askew… Expert quote: “Crocuses and snowdrops are in full flower in suburban Boston — all exceptionally early because of […]