Reply To: Climate change will have huge impact on our mental health

Martin W

    In similar vein, there’s a NY Times article on how residents of Maplewood, northeast US, can no longer ice skate as regularly as in the past.

    For generations of Maplewood residents, the coming of winter meant the return of a tableau worthy of the most clichéd Currier and Ives print. Magically, the township’s public works employees would throw a switch or turn a knob and suddenly water would begin to flow from a creek in Memorial Park into an adjacent low-lying field.

    It being winter, the water would freeze quickly, and for the next two to three months the township’s children and their nostalgic parents would have access to one of the joys of living in a snow-belt suburb: a frozen pond for ice skating.

    The park should have been flooded by now. But township officials don’t flood the park anymore, and while many experts say that you can’t directly attribute localized weather events to global warming, the fact remains that the water rarely freezes and thus becomes just another tourist trap for Canada geese.

    The Suburban Life: Global Warming Goes Local