Could Climate Change Be An 'Economic Boon' For Vermont?

Feb 13, 2018

Vermont's climate is already changing, and experts say that could mean rising temperatures, wetter weather and more extremes for both heat and cold. But are there also opportunities to be seized as those changes unfold? 

Gov. Phil Scott was slammed for saying climate change could be an "economic boon" to the state. But many in the state are already looking ahead to what a changing climate could mean for Vermont, and while there certainly are cons, some also see potential pros. 

Jon Erickson, a professor of sustainability science and policy at UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Joshua Faulkner, the program coordinator of the Farming and Climate Change Program at the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, join Vermont Edition to discuss adaptations and potential opportunities for Vermont amid a changing climate. 

Also joining the conversation is Bill Valliere, a research specialist at UVM's Center for Rural Studies, to discuss his survey research on how tourism and outdoor recreation in Vermont could be affected by climate change.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.