Chapters in the Vermont Climate Assessment

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Executive Summary

Climate change is here and is impacting Vermont communities.


A guide to acronyms used throughout the VCA report.

1. Climate Change In Vermont

Temperature and precipitation are increasing, leading to greater variability and heavier rain storms.

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2. Forests

Climate change shifts growing conditions, with implications for forest resources.

3. Water Resources

Changes in the water cycle affect water availability, water quality, and flood risks.

4. Fish and Wildlife in Vermont

Climate change threatens numerous species and impacts biodiversity.

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5. Agriculture and Food Systems

Farmers are adapting to variable growing conditions. Food systems will need to be more resilient.

6. Energy

Energy systems are affected by climate change and contribute as a major source of GHG emissions.

7. Recreation and Tourism

Climate change has variable impacts on recreation and tourism, including some favorable conditions and some risks such as shorter snow seasons.

8. Human Health

Climate change affects human health by exacerbating existing health problems and creating conditions for new problems to emerge, particularly among vulnerable populations.

9. Community Development

Planning for resilience enables communities to respond to the interconnected ecological, economic, and social impacts of climate change.

10. Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils

As interest in soil health grows, more research is needed to understand the potential for sequestering carbon through farming practices in Vermont.

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