Giving Compass’ Take:
• Sam Bloch at The New Food Economy discusses a new report showing that unusual North Atlantic weather oscillations (caused by climate change) result in lower wages, fewer jobs, and decimated fishing economies.
• The report states that the Gulf of Maine, a frigid inlet between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia, has been warming faster than 99.9 percent of the global ocean.
For decades, climate change has wreaked havoc on New England’s historic fishing communities. Now we know precisely how much.
A new study from the University of Delaware shows that erratic changes in atmospheric pressure, a phenomenon known as the North Atlantic oscillation, were singularly responsible for a 13-percent loss in fishing revenue between 1996 and 2017, and a 16-percent loss of jobs in New England’s hardest-hit communities.
Large pressure increases occur naturally, but are exacerbated by man-made emissions. They raise sea temperatures, scramble ocean currents, and drive a rapidly changing climate in the northern hemisphere. The warmer weather causes fish to leave the region and seek colder waters.
Climate change took away 16 percent of jobs in New England’s most afflicted fishing communities.
Because fishermen are paid based on what they catch, fewer fish naturally means fewer earnings and jobs. Each unusual increase in pressure was associated with a 35-percent drop in wages, an effect that persisted for years. Over time, climate change took away 16 percent of jobs in New England’s most afflicted fishing communities.
Read the full article about fishing economies in New England by Sam Bloch at The New Food Economy.
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