Global Warming and Vermont's Winter Economy

Keith Riley

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     Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the US, and  is home to nineteen ski areas. These two industries alone account for nearly one billion dollars contributed to the state's economy each year. Even a slight rise in the average temperature over a period of time may have adverse affects on the way that people live and work in Vermont.

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Current Temperatures

Projected Temperature in 75 Years

Figure 1. Temperature Map. ( Alexander,Constidine,Sanders, 2003. )