Sugar maple are tapped in New England and 2013 may be a better year for the maple syrup industry after several declining years. Maple syrup, that sweet sticky syrup that makes mere pancakes incredibly delicious, is threatened by warming trends in the Northeastern United States. The sugar maple is one of several sap-producing maples that occur in the mixed forests of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.
The sugar maple is a hardy broad-leaf, deciduous tree, whose fall foliage turns the rural countryside into a kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges and reds.
During subfreezing winter nights, maple trees concentrate their natural sugar, as sap chills in the trunks.
In the past, farmers tapped trees on their farms by inserting metal tubes and hanging buckets to catch the sap. The geographic trends in maple syrup production may hint as to how global warming is affecting the industry. Much of Canada’s syrup dominance has been perpetuated by generous farm subsidies from the Canadian government and the strong development of markets both in Canada and throughout the world. According to the Christian Science Monitor (April 6, 2005), a group of researchers at the University of New Hampshire forecasts that if climate change predictions are accurate, oak and hickory trees—not maples—will dominate New England forests by the end of the century.
A more immediate short-term affect, however, is the temperature-driven trend toward shorter sugaring seasons in New England, according to Dr.
The period during which “sugaring” occurs has shortened substantially over the last four decades.
Strangely, the first sap runs in New England began in January and February last year in 2012, catching producers unprepared. If the warming trend and erratic weather persists during future sapping seasons, however, producers should expect a continued decline in traditional U.S. Co-authors are Neal Lineback, Appalachian State University Professor Emeritus of Geography, and Geographer Mandy Lineback Gritzner.
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One week after the deadliest day ever on Mount Everest, the climbing season on the Nepali side of the mountain is over. A Nepali government delegation meets with Sherpa mountain guides near the Everest base camp. Photos of Everest from the 1950s and 1960s show a mountain heavily covered in snow and ice. But those are long-term changes, and they did not have a direct impact on the final decision to leave the Nepali side of the mountain this year. Going through the Khumbu Icefall is always dangerous, but many Sherpas were clearly shaken by the deaths of 16 of their friends and colleagues.
Whatever the eventual resolution is, it seems certain that crowds will be lining up again to summit Everest in 2015 and that Sherpas will again risk their lives to help climbers achieve their dreams.
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Sugar maple farmers in New England declared the 2012 season too warm for optimal sap flow and have seen diminished production again this year. Farmers cultivate the sugar maple, affectionately called “sugar-bush” by syrup producers, for its sap across the upper U.S.
After the leaves fall, sugar maples go into a dormant period that lasts through the winter. Ideally, when sapping season begins in March, a sharp difference in nightly freezing and daily warming creates pressure inside the trees’ trunks, which begins the sap flow. Today, most commercial orchard taps are interconnected by a series of plastic tubes leading to a sugarhouse, eliminating the cold and difficult task of carrying buckets of sap through the snow. In the 1950s, the United States produced 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, with Canada producing the other 20 percent. If temperatures rise 6 to 10 degrees F (2 to 4 degrees C) over the next century as predicted, sugar maples will be unable to compete with oaks and hickories.
Timothy Perkins, director of the Proctor Maple Research Center at the University of Vermont. March brought a heat wave in the 70s and 80s F (16-21 C), which forced early budding of maple trees and quickly ended the maple syrup season.
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He feels that his ability to survive and thrive in the extreme Montana climates will enable him to prosper post-World War III. I then looked up your schedule for future episodes and it looks like the only time they are going to be on is at 5 AM!
Sherpas, clients, and guides are packing up and heading home with no thrills or conquests to speak ofa€”only grief, anger, and dashed dreams.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global mean temperatures have gone up almost 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, and some studies show that temperatures in the Himalaya have jumped three times that amount.
The more religious Sherpas believe the mountain is taking revengea€”that Sherpas are being punished, perhaps for the excesses of the past on Everesta€”and they don't want to go back up out of fear and respect.
There is an apparent struggle between younger Sherpas who work for low-end operators and older, respected Sherpas who work for well-established, high-paying operators, says Dave Morton, a veteran of many expeditions to Everest. Especially dependent on the climate, the sugar maple tree needs freezing winter nights followed by warmer days to produce the sap used to make maple syrup. Sugar collectors tap the trees’ trunks by drilling holes into them, allowing the sap to flow freely during the brief three- or four-week sapping season. Since the 1970s, however, Canada has more than tripled its maple syrup production, making it the current world leader. While rising temperatures and more erratic weather patterns have already affected New England’s maple syrup industry, they may eventually force maple syrup production to migrate farther north into Canada. Perkins’ research shows that Canada is not experiencing the recent milder winter phenomena that have been exclusive to New England. This year has been colder, prompting the first sap runs to be later and hopefully more productive. They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society. Because of dwindling resources and failing economies, Jimi believes a major world power will invade and occupy the United States. More ice collapsed this week when the danger zone was empty of climbers, and some reports blamed fresh avalanches for the final end to the Everest climbing season in Nepal. The younger contingent is flexing its muscles, aiming to show that Sherpas control Everest from the south side, and can shut down business if they so choose. If the weather is erratic, with days that are too warm or nights that are bitterly cold without protective snowfall, the run of sap will be reduced. Canada now provides 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, with Quebec alone producing more than two-thirds of the global supply. Forget expensive, elaborate bunkers and builds — this is just good ol’ prepping in its simplest form. After leaving his job and venturing out to a secluded stretch of land high in the Rocky Mountains 25 years ago, Jimi began stockpiling food, water and other resources. I recently came across a book by Victoria Sutton called The Things That Keep Us Up At Night, she writes primarily about post apocalyptic movies, and she is spot on! I enjoy watching the show, but I don’t want to get up so early in the morning to watch it!!! After learning about a family that nearly froze to death because of their lack of preparedness, Jimi built his home to withstand the extreme climate of Montana, where temperatures can get as low as negative 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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