How a Changing Climate Is Shaping a Leaf Peeper’s Paradise

How a Changing Climate Is Shaping a Leaf Peeper’s Paradise

By CRAIG S. SMITHNOV. 2, 2016

Fall colors were beginning to show in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 12. Scientists say that the glorious colors are lasting longer because of climate change. Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times

IONA, Nova Scotia — A century ago, the flaming fall foliage in Nova Scotia would have long faded by early November. But today, some of the hills are still as nubbly with color as an aunt’s embroidered pillow.

Climate change is responsible, scientists say. As the seasonal change creeps later into the year, not only here but all across the northern United States and Canada, the glorious colors will last longer, they predict — a rare instance where global warming is giving us something to look forward to. Read more.