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New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different.
Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that have yet to happen — part of an effort to draw attention to the potential effects of climate change.
Signs - Possibilities - Research - Towns - Climate
The signs are based on possibilities laid out in the scientific research that the towns have used to develop their climate plans and written from the perspective of someone in the 22nd century looking back.
"The concept is to just really take that information that is on the websites and package in a way to insert it into the landscape where people will bump into it," said Northeastern University's Thomas Starr, who came up with the project known as "Remembrance of Climate Futures." He has placed 11 plaques in Durham, New Hampshire, six in Essex, Massachusetts, and is planning to install some in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well.
Difficulty - People - Issue - People - Way
"There seems to be difficulty in getting people to engage in this issue," he said. "We do hear about it fairly often. Yet, people don't think of it in an immediate way."
Scientists have warned that global warming will result in rising seas and more heat waves, droughts, powerful storms, flooding and other problems. Many of the impacts can already be seen: The U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization released a report last month that showed that in the last several years warming, sea level rise and carbon pollution have all accelerated.
Warnings - Acceptance - Climate - Change - Frequency
Despite the dire warnings and growing acceptance that climate change is to blame for the increasing frequency of weather disasters, many Americans still see it as a problem affecting far-away places or a problem that their children or grandchildren will have to...
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