Sunday, March 20, 2022

Thoreau's Walden hut and climate change

An interesting piece of research on JSTOR Daily about the godfather of Shedworking, Henry David Thoreau, and what the Walden Pond location (picture above on a postcard) where he built his famous hut can tell us about climate change. Read the whole thing (nice and short) at the link above, but here's the key takeaway:

The research team identified tree and shrub species that Thoreau had taken notes about, then monitored when these species produced leaves. Before the study, the researchers did not expect to see a drastic change because these species were well-rooted and protected by the canopy in this location. However, after monitoring for five years they found that these species were universally leafing out approximately 18 days earlier than Thoreau had recorded.


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