Port Chester Resident Weighs In On Climate Change Study

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Maryann Givens of Port Chester, who works at Vinifera Wines and Spirits, said she's very concerned about climate change.
Maryann Givens of Port Chester, who works at Vinifera Wines and Spirits, said she's very concerned about climate change. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Anyone else feeling a little warm in here?

A new report released Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change attributes some unsettling effects in every continent and ocean to global warming.

According to the report, the "warming," part of global warming has been ever present during intensifying heat waves, which in turn bring heavy rain. Additionally, as the ice caps continue to melt, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing.

Concurrently, coral reefs around the world are dying at an alarming pace. Fish and other animals are migrating toward the poles or, in some serious cases, going extinct.

The main point: if greenhouse gas emissions don't decrease, the Earth might be in for a world of trouble. 

People around town in Mamaroneck on Tuesday had mixed reactions to the study on climate change, some taking it a bit more seriously than others.

Maryann Givens of Port Chester, who works at Vinifera Wines and Spirits, was among them.

Givens said the effects of climate change are pretty obvious to her, and rapidly shifting temperatures, along with stronger, more frequent storms were of great concern to her. 

"It's definitely a concern I have. I think we all absolutely need to do something about it," she said. "We, as people, need to be more aware of what we're doing to the Earth. If things keep up the way they've been, storms like Superstorm Sandy will become the norm, not just a once in a century thing. We need to be more diligent in how we treat the environment." 

Laura Marino of Mamaroneck said while she's not a fan of the rising temperatures, she doesn't spend too much time worrying about possible effects of climate change.

"I really don't have much of an opinion on it," she said, "But I really hate the heat. That's the biggest thing for me. I don't like it when it gets too hot. I'm definitely a winter person that way."

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