Where are we with global warming?


To refresh our collective memories limiting the earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) has been the goal of climate advocates globally. The problem is we have already warmed by more than 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial temperatures. According to a Dec. 1, 2022 Washington Post article titled “We looked at 1,200 possibilities for the planet’s future. These are our best hope,” we will be hard pressed to achieve this goal.

Keeping warming below this 1.5 degrees Celsius would avoid further destabilization of fish and habitat as we would be able to “preserve coral reefs, preserve the Arctic’s protective sea ice layer and avoid further destabilization of Antarctica and Greenland staving off drastic sea level rise,” said the Washington Post article written by Chris Mooney, Naema Ahmed and John Muyskens.

The trio are ringing an alarm. They examine over 1,200 different scenarios for climate change over the coming century with temperatures rise as high as 5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, only 230 paths leave our planet below 1.5 degrees Celsius before the end to the century. Out of these only 26 paths allow for “low” overshoot initially but they “rely on negative emissions technologies to reach net zero around mid-century and then go farther.”

The Washington Post said, “At the U.N. Climate Change Conference late last month, world leaders reaffirmed the 1.5C goal. But these scenarios show that without dramatic action — action the leaders did not commit to taking — it most likely will not be possible.  Or at least, not without a major overshoot first. That is where the world is currently heading.”

See the article at How we can keep global warming below the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal - Washington Post.

New England Saltwater

Fishing Show, March 10-12, 2023

The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) announced the return the New England Saltwater Fishing Show Friday, March 10 to Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the RI Convention Center in Providence, RI.

If you like to fish on the salt you are in for a big treat. The show is the largest saltwater fishing show of its type in the Northeast.  The Show features tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, engines, accessories, clothing and much more. Over three hundred fishing related manufactures are represented at the show.

 “You won’t want to miss the show specials offered by exhibitors and the great “how to” seminars being offered by some of our areas top fishers,” said Greg Vespe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association. “Learn strategies and tactics to target the species that we all love to catch, eat or release … striped bass, summer flounder, tautog and a host of others.”

Vespe said, “With three months until Showtime, about 70 percent  of the booths have been sold and more are going every week. Don’t wait and lose the chance to exhibit your products and services to the more than 12,000 to 15,000 visitors expected to attend this year’s Show.”

Exhibitors include charter services, tackle shops, rod and reel manufacturers, marine electronics, new and used boat dealers, marine plastics and metal fabricators, fishing publications, outdoor clothing, offshore wind developers, fish and wildlife regulators, towing services, non-profit organizations, marine artwork, jewelry and food vendors.

For information contact Greg Vespe at 401-826-2121.

Bottom fishing seminar,

Monday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m.

If you are an angler that likes to fish for tasty bottom fish such as tautog, black sea bass, summer flounder or cod, then you won’t want to miss the Dec. 26, 7 p.m. RI Saltwater Angles Associaton seminar at the Coventry Elks Lodge, 60 Clyde Street, West Warwick, RI.

Panelists at the seminar will include charter captains EJ Harris, John Lee, BJ Silvia and Daphne Foster.

Dinner served by the Elks Lodge caterer between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is separate. Public is invited to attend with a $10 donation to the scholarship fund, RISAA members no charge. For information contact Greg Vespe at 401.826.2121.

Where’s the bite?

Freshwater. Anglers are reminded to renew their licenses for salt and fresh water for 2023. For licensing information and a list of trout stocked ponds in Rhode Island visit RI Freshwater Fisheries Updates & Frequently Asked Questions | Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; and in Massachusetts visit

Holiday gifts and gift certificates for anglers are available at local bait & tackle shops at all price points.  Consult with shop owners as they can make helpful suggestions.

Cod fishing off Rhode Island and Massachusetts south of Cape Cod is a good bet in winter months. Party boats fishing for cod this winter include the Frances Fleet at , the Seven B’s at, and the Island Current at . Rates vary but are about $135 per adult for a full day of fishing, call to check schedules and make a reservation.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s master license and charter fishing license. He serves on a variety of boards and commissions and has a consulting business focusing on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries related issues and clients. Forward fishing news and photos to or visit



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