Firstly, the always astute Adirondack Almanack  has been discussing the effect that climate change will have upon that region of the world, someething Bill McKibben has been talking about at length for years.
Closer to home for me, Syracuse University has been on something of a "climate change kick" of late, beginning with Al Gore's speech before the Syracuse community at the Landmark a few weeks back. Since then, the University has opened up public debate on what can be done about climate change here at home. For me, perhaps the most profound statement to come out of those discussions was by Dr. Rachael May of EnSPIRE :
Just as the existence of a second home implies the failure of the first, our incredible expenditures in energy can be in a large part directly blamed upon the disentegration of our communities. Sprawl, long commutes, far-flung vacations, etc, etc. Strong, healthy communities just make sense in so many ways: economic, ecological, psychological and aesthetic. I'm glad that the connection between energy use and community decay was explicitly made.
Since that public forum, a working group called Global Warming Brainstorming has begun work trying to figure out how to break SU and ESF's energy addictions (they're taking suggestions). Even better news: this is part of a much larger movement of hundreds of universities around the nation dedicated to halting and even reversing climate change. It appears that there may be a reason that the NYT referred to students my age as "the Greenest Generation." Let's keep up the good work.
-Posted by Jesse
 "always astute Adirondack Almanack" how's that for alliteration? My English teachers at C. Fred Johnson Middle School would be proud as pie.
 EnSpire is the Office of Environment and Society at SU and ESF.