It's hard to take big-picture global temperature increases and bring them down to a personal level—partly because of that confusion between weather and climate, and partly because scientists simply have a better understanding what is very likely to happen in an averaged-out global system, than they have of how changes in that global system are likely to affect your backyard.
I like the way Climate Wisconsin is trying to bridge that gap. First, they use interactive visuals to show the local symptoms of climate change, like rising average temperatures and fewer days of ice cover of Wisconsin lakes. Then, they connect those symptoms to Wisconsin life. If these trends continue, what impact will they have on things like fishing, forestry, farming and, yes, the making of maple syrup.
Watch this video, it is worth your time!
Senator Patrick Leahy's office is taking issue with Senator John McCain about the Republican's criticism of federal money for maple syrup research.
McCain is a frequent critic of congressional "earmarks."
Those are provisions inserted into spending bills that send money directly to projects favored by a particular senator or congressman.
McCain says they amount to nothing more than political pork for pet projects.
A big appropriations bill included 165-thousand dollars for the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center.
McCain labeled it one of the top ten examples of wasteful federal spending.
Leahy says McCain has it all wrong. Leahy's staff says the money isn't what people think of as an "earmark" because the money is part the larger budget - not a special addition to it.
And Leahy says the research is designed to increase the annual harvest, which already is a 200 million-dollar crop for Vermont.
The Senate ultimately failed to act on the spending bill this year.
On its face, it does seem absurd. Buried in a trillion-plus-dollar omnibus spending bill is a line requesting $165,000 for maple-syrup research in Vermont. Americans love the savory sap, and the Green Mountain state is the epicenter for its production, churning out 890,000 gallons this year alone. But why does the federal government have to get involved? And for what purpose are taxpayers forking over the dough?
These questions, undoubtedly, were on the mind of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he launched his Twitter screed against the pork-barrel projects included in the omnibus. The syrup-research expenditure made ranked fifth on McCain's list of the ten most egregious wastes of money in the omnibus bill -- a surefire example of the pure backwardness of the appropriators in Congress. Dig a bit deeper, however, and that $165,000 starts to sound a lot less like a testament to fiscal lunacy.
"This is a lifeline," Tim Perkins, the director of the Proctor Maple Research Center at the University of Vermont, told The Huffington Post, "not only for Vermont, but for all of the maple industry."
That industry is at a crossroads. While international demand for maple syrup is rising, a poor harvest in 2008 crippled the U.S. supply, and much of that void has been filled by Canadian manufacturers. If domestic producers are to survive -- and maintain U.S. consumers' access to reasonably-priced syrup -- they need a technological breakthrough.
Mr. McCain denounced the bill on grounds of a number of earmarks included in the measure.
“In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion,” the Arizona U.S. Senator said.
Mr. McCain took issue with number of earmarks including $208,000 beaver management in North Carolina, $413,000 for peanut research in Alabama and $165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont.
Traverse City's school board members believe a new charter middle school that emphasizes hands-on learning and the environment can spark innovation in traditional public schools.
Students at The Greenspire School could learn science by working in a campus greenhouse or chicken coop. Producing maple syrup on site could teach heat and energy.
Sepia’s Joshua Pearson lubricates each holiday with a gin punch. The Christmas one has gin, fig preserves, rooibos tea, lemon, maple syrup and baking spices. It takes two days to make.
Super turkey recipe with maple syrup from gorgeous chef Nigella Lawson
Say global warming affecting fall foliage, maple sugaring season
The tree responsible for the most vibrant hues in New Hampshire's fall foliage season — as well as the state's maple syrup industry — may be on the decline in the Granite State and the rest of New England, according to some researchers.
Barrett Rock, a botanist and forestry professor at the University of New Hampshire's Complex Systems Research Center in Durham, has been studying spectral satellite imagery of New England's forests for decades, and said he's seen a pattern of maple tree decline.
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The national maple syrup day is celebrated on the 17th of December, an entire day dedicated to this traditional American product. How to plan a maple syrup day party on the day is a problem that is not too overbearing. The celebrations for a national maple syrup day can include just about anything that requires the unique syrup harvested from the Maple tree. While the 17th day of December is celebrated as the national maple syrup day all across the nations, a few of the states do celebrate it during the time of harvesting which falls between February and March.
Despite well-timed seasonal drink promotions at nationwide coffee chains, I couldn't help but notice that Winter beverages are looking less-than-creative this year. Now that peppermint mochas and pumpkin spice lattes are household phrases, what's the new flavor of the month?
New couple Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal might have the answer: maple lattes. In the past week, the two have been spotted at beaneries across the country, sampling versions of maple coffee drinks in Brooklyn, NY, and two Nashville, TN, coffeehouses.
The bill passed 73-25 with a provision by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., that would exempt from new regulations smaller farms that sell most goods directly to consumers and have less than $500,000 in annual sales.
Another provision by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would exempt small, low-risk, on-farm food processors from new regulations aimed at large agribusiness. Such processors could be farms that make their own maple syrup, preserves, jarred fruits and vegetables, or baked goods.