Feature September 2021

FEATURE

September 2021

Maine on the Climate Change World Stage

From record-breaking heatwaves, deadly flash flooding, and devastating wildfires, the daily news headlines send warnings that climate change is affecting every region across the globe. While the most devastating impacts of these weather extremes are felt locally in a particular city, region, or country, the climate change crisis knows no borders and will require global solutions.

For this issue, we were fortunate to speak with two local leaders of world-renowned research institutions making significant contributions to climate science:  Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and Deborah Bronk, President/CEO and Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

We also take a retrospective look at Maine’s growing role in the Arctic. A new report from the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), an independent, international group of experts from a range of climate-related disciplines, says the Arctic is “ground zero” for cascading climate impacts across the planet.

Additional Resources:

Maine Climate Council

Maine Won’t Wait: Four-Year Plan for Climate Action

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

Extreme Weather Events in the Arctic and Beyond: A Global State of Emergency