Climate report predicts six degree temperature rise and storms to intensify

The state paints an alarming picture of Pennsylvania in the latest Climate Impacts Assessment.

The report recognizes that climate change is affecting Pennsylvania now, but warns that if nothing is done to halt that impact, temperatures in 2050 could be six degrees warmer than they were in 2000. Storms could also become more extreme. There could be more flooding but also more droughts and sea levels could rise on the southern part of the Delaware River and on Lake Erie.

The 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment reviewed current scientific findings to identify climate risks, but it is not a comprehensive wrap up of all the potential climate risks and impacts to the state.

Appearing on Smart Talk Thursday to break down the report are Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Patrick McDonnell, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Allison Acevedo, Director of Environmental Justice, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Landscaping with native plants is something citizens can do to mitigate climate change. Visit here for suggestions by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.

Urban agriculture programs spread roots in communities

The term “urban agriculture” might seem like an oxymoron, particularly if you believe that agriculture can only thrive within vast green space not typical of most urban areas.

Agriculture can find a home almost anywhere; in compact community gardens, on rooftop buildings, and in pop-up alley-way markets. To see the possibilities it takes people with vision, some expertise, and a goal to bridge the healthy food divide that permeates some urban communities.

York and Reading are home to two organizations working to offer healthy food options to communities with limited access. Joining Smart Talk Thursday to highlight their urban agriculture operations are Bruce Manns, President and Farm Manager with York Fresh Food Farms and Levi Landis, Executive Director, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading.

A York Fresh Food Farms van delivers fresh produce to a market near York City.