I spent a week in Danbury, CT earlier this month, and I thought it was very cold with deep snow. Turns out that I was just denying the obvious truths of the Spanish Inquisition Church Of Global Warming.
This year, the sap has been running well in the maple trees at Warrups Farm in West Redding.
“It’s been a very good year,” said Bill Hill, the farm’s owner.
The deep snow cover on the ground made the taps in the trees hard to get to, he said, but once the snow melted, the trees just sucked the water up, making a lot of sap.
Which is why climate change could profoundly alter the maple syrup business — in Connecticut, in New England.
That means a part of the taste of life here could slip away. Denying it is happening won’t change anything.
“Climate change is happening,” said Thomas Philbrick, professor of environmental and biological science at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. “We know it’s happening.
“Will it affect the maples in Connecticut? Yes,” Philbrick said this month, speaking about the science of maple trees and maple syrup-making in WestConn’s Science at Night series.