Sunday, February 03, 2008

Global warming in upstate New York?

From the Times Union earlier this week:
A NASA scientist from a Nobel Prize-winning climate panel agreed Wednesday with Cheryl Rogowski, an Orange County vegetable farmer: Global warming is changing farming in the state and more change is inevitable.

While scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig helped put together a global climate database for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rogowski needed to look no further than her hot pepper crop.

What two decades ago was a two-week harvest season at Rogowski's farm for jalapenos has now grown to nearly six weeks, as spring has begun arriving earlier and summers have become warmer, she said. "We are able to start our planting two weeks earlier than we used to."

The two spoke as part of a panel sponsored by the Honest Weight Food Co-Op, an Albany store that focuses on natural and organic foods. The panel took place at the state Legislative Office Building.

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