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Williams delivers warning on foliage

Professor of Biology Ernest Williams, author of The Nature Handbook, warns that global warming can take an aesthetic toll, too, muting and dulling of the magnificent fall foliage for which the region is known.

In an opinion piece Sept. 22 in Utica's Observer-Dispatch titled "Warmer world could mean shorter winters for region," Williams explained what the economic effects of global warming might mean for Central New York: a gradual disappearance of sugar maple trees, causing our normally bright fall foliage to become drab; shorter winters offering fewer days for winter sports; the possibility of more ice storms; and a longer growing season with more pests and weeds and a decline in some species.

He concluded his piece with the following warning: "It's not just that our winters and forests will be different; the webs of interactions in nature will be altered, and some of the coming changes will surprise us. But I can leave you with one piece of advice: Keep your mud boots handy."
 

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