NEW HARTFORD, NY – The Town of New Hartford Climate Smart Task Force released its findings Monday, on a climate change risk assessment for the town of New Hartford.
The task force, consisting of Hamilton College Professor Aaron Strong and three of his students, identified hazards that will result from climate change and the areas in New Hartford that face exposures to these hazards.
“What we find, is like the rest of New York, New Hartford is going to get warmer and wetter in our climate future,” says Dr. Strong.
“The interesting thing we look at is, what does the future look like if we don’t take action, and what does it look like if we do. One of the things we find is that if climate change continues unabated, it’s going to get a lot warmer in the summer. We’re talking 2 months above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The task force says these warmer temperatures will have adverse effects on public health, agriculture, and even flooding in the New Hartford area.