Great stuff to see before it's obliterated by climate change


There's at least 33 things you should do, see and eat before climate change turns them into sad memories, from Kennedy Spaceport to Las Vegas to the Sydney Opera House.

Take, for instance, the ones found in your favorite cherry pie. Eighty percent of tart cherries come from a single five-county area in Michigan, all of which is threatened. So if the anti-climate change “Save the Cherry” campaign, which was launched in July at the National Cherry Festival, is a bust, look forward to later blossoms, unpredictable cherry harvests, and empty fruit stands, as happened in 2012, when an abnormal freeze-thaw cycle decimated the state’s crops.

The 33 Things to Eat, Drink, See, and Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything [Kurt McRobert/Medium]

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  1. jdk998 says:

    But there is great NEW stuff being created by the Anthropocene. Chartered boat trips to one of the five great oceanic garbage patches. Sweeping vistas of the encroaching deserts in China or sub-Saharan Africa. Canadian mountains bereft of nasty pine trees. Mega cities of 25,000,000+ people scrabbling over diminishing water supplies.

    I guess I'm more of a "glass half full" kind of guy.

  2. I've personally witnessed the decline of cherry production in Northern Michigan. The Old Mission Peninsula in the Traverse City area was the heart of tart cherry country, but in the last 30 years farms have been sold off and subdivided for vacation property, and many of the remaining farms have torn out their trees and replaced them with grape vines, with the belief that wine will somehow be a viable replacement. There's still lots of cherries being grown, but it's not like it used to be.

  3. jaf says:

    They missed "Skiing in the Lake Tahoe Basin". For most of the past decade, the snow pack has been alternating between basically none to decent. Meaning, one season will be pretty good, and the next will have no storms roll through in November/December, leaving them bare for the high season. California may be going into a long term drought and if climate change really screws up rainfall patterns around here permanently, there will be no snow to ski on. I've heard 2050 tossed around as the approximate "no more skiing" date.

    That's within my lifetime.

  4. Sim0n says:

    Traveling all over the world on a jet airliner to see all the things on the list probably won't exactly help slow down global warming.

  5. Freeze-thaw cycles aren't necessarily changing in one direction (see the section in the article about the tart cherry orchards). Ecosystems will have to move due to changes in several directions to humidity, rainfall, groundwater, etcetera. Simple warming and drying isn't the only result.

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