Temperatures in New England are rising faster than in the rest of the world, according to a new study that warns that the climate change is likely to diminish the region\u2019s distinctive change in seasons, resulting in a cascade of economic consequences. The effects of rising temperatures will be felt distinctly throughout the year, with weather-related disruptions often flowing from one season into the next, according to the study, which was published last month by researchers from Massachusetts in the scientific journal Climate. For example, the authors wrote, warmer winters will likely result in fewer days of snowfall \u2014 a challenge for the region\u2019s smaller ski resorts \u2014 which in turn will hasten the coming of spring and the snow melt. Summers will likely be hotter, with more frequent droughts, which will cause trees to lose some of their vibrant colors in the fall, another blow to New England tourism. Even the annual harvest of maple syrup \u2014 which relies on the freezing nights and warmer days of the late-winter sugaring season \u2014 is likely to be disrupted by the region\u2019s warming temperatures, the authors wrote. \u201cThe decline of the four-season climate will have detrimental effects on the ecology and economy of New England,\u201d the authors wrote. \u201cThere have already been signs of climate change in the New England region from an increase in heat waves and a decrease in snowcover to more extreme floods and droughts.\u201d The study, written by Stephen Young of Salem State University and Joshua Young of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, analyzed more than a century of historical climate data from observation stations around New England. The researchers found that average annual temperatures in New England during the decade ending in 2020 were 1.8 degrees Celsius higher than in the first decade of the 20th century. That is a significant degree of warming that already surpasses the global threshold that most international experts agree temperature increases must be kept under to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Temperatures are rising even faster in the winter, especially in Southern New England, according to the study. Connecticut saw the most dramatic winter warming of the New England states, with average winter temperatures rising 3.1 degrees Celsius over the last 120 years, according to the study. Summer temperatures, meanwhile, rose the most in Massachusetts. James O\u2019Donnell, executive director of the University of Connecticut\u2019s Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, said New England\u2019s more rapid rate of warming is the result of a weakening of the Gulf Stream due to climate change. The change is causing more warm air to flow into the Northeast from the South and the West. A slowdown in the Gulf Stream is also likely to lead to rising sea levels around New England and more extreme weather events, even in winter months, O\u2019Donnell said. \u201cOn average, we\u2019ll have fewer (snowfalls), but when we get them they\u2019ll be bigger,\u201d he said. Another recent study published by a team of Yale-led researchers warned that climate change is likely to result in hurricanes moving more frequently into northern latitudes, threatening landfall in New York City and Boston. In a statement announcing the study, Yale pointed to the landfall of Tropical Storm Henri near Connecticut this past summer as a \u201charbinger\u201d for future storms. \u201cThis represents an important, under-estimated risk of climate change,\u201d said a statement by Joshua Studholme, a physicist in Yale\u2019s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. \u201cThis research predicts that the 21st century\u2019s tropical cyclones will likely occur over a wider range of latitudes than has been the case on Earth for the last 3 million years.\u201d As for the changes to the seasons, Connecticut Tourism Coalition President Stephen Tagliatela said the warming temperatures would likely provide a boon to some areas of the state while harming others. For example, he said, climate change is frequently blamed for the die-off of lobsters in Long Island Sound, while at the same time, the warmer waters have attracted more black sea bass that are popular with fishermen. \u201cIf we have a wet summer, we don\u2019t have a good economic summer for us. If we have a dry summer, particularly on the weekends, that\u2019s meaningful,\u201d said Tagliatela, referring to his Saybrook Point Resort and Marina on Connecticut\u2019s shoreline. \u201cSame thing in the winter time for us: When there\u2019s snow on the ground, I think people have become a little more fearful and don\u2019t venture out.\u201d \u201cIf we\u2019re a little farther north and we\u2019re a ski resort, that\u2019s obviously a little different scenario,\u201d he added. But even with New England warming faster than the rest of the planet, O\u2019Donnell said the impact of climate change on the region would likely be less dramatic than in other areas of the country that are already dealing with excessive heat, droughts and wildfires. \u201cIt\u2019s a complicated trade-off,\u201d he said. \u201cSome things will have more positive effects and some things will have more negative effects, but it certainly won't be as bad as in Texas and Southern California.\u201d The Climate study concluded that temperatures are likely to keep rising in New England due to the continued release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The warming trend, which subsided somewhat around the middle of the last century, has moved ahead at a steady clip since about 1960, according to the report. The outdoor recreation industry employs nearly 42,000 people in Connecticut and contributes $3.2 billion to the state\u2019s economy, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Other seasonally impacted industries, including agriculture, logging and commercial fishing, employ thousands of additional workers and contribute billions of dollars to the economy, according to the state.