Climate Change Could Ruin Your Brunch

Changing temperatures may mean the end of maple syrup.

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Waffles are naked without it, and pancakes are merely beige spheres of batter. What our favorite brunch foods require is maple syrup - sweet, sticky, slightly warmed - for the perfect weekend morning. But the nectar of delicious home-cooked breakfasts everywhere may be on its way out due to climate change, according to a recent report:

It is the 3˚ to 10˚ F warming predicted over the next century by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that may doom the sugar maple in the northeastern U.S.

Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concedes that the sugar maple will not survive the century in New England. Its Climate Action Report from 2002 notes "climate change is likely to cause long-term shifts in forest species, such as sugar maples moving north out of the country."

In other words, we'll have to Leggo our Eggo - with syrup, at least.


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