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Climate change might play huge role in future of Adirondacks

Flooding like this at Erie Canal Lock 14 in Canajoharie in June 2013 could pose a "growing challenge," according to the National Climate Assessment.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Flooding like this at Erie Canal Lock 14 in Canajoharie in June 2013 could pose a "growing challenge," according to the National Climate Assessment.
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Curt Stager sees an Adirondacks in the future that is different. Hotter. Wetter. Winters will be shorter, summers longer. Floodwaters will rise beneath more torrential downpours. The ecosystem and economics of the region will change. “I may get better tomato plants,” Stager said, “but they could be under 6 feet of water.” In fact, he already sees the differences attributed to climate change. Others do, too. All you need is a set of eyes, they ...

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