Maine's Changing Climate Special 2021
Climate change. It's real. It's here. NEWS CENTER Maine explores what it means for Mainers, and what can be done about it in a one-hour special.
Climate change and extreme weather
3 Most-asked questions about electric cars
Maine bird species that may soon become extinct
How we know climate change isn't a natural cycle
Maine's wild blueberries feeling the heat from climate change
York County fruit farm adjusts with the climate
Maine wood, maple trees being affected by climate change
New climate norms bring warmer temps, more snow
Maine's lake ice seasons are getting shorter
Maine's ski resorts find ways to adapt to continuously rising temperatures due to climate change
Ancient ice tells scientists about climate change
Maine communities brace for cost of rising sea levels
Maine's forests, coastline, and wildlife are all facing new pressures from a changing climate.
For an hour, NEWS CENTER Maine explores what it means for Mainers, and what can be done about it.
When we talk about climate change it's easy to picture droughts, or wildfires far away. But now, families right in Maine are learning how to adapt to new conditions.
Let's take a closer look at why we're certain the climate is changing, and what we know about what's causing it.
Climate change and extreme weather:
The weather in Maine is changing, and specific trends in climate data show how. An extreme weather event is not necessarily evidence of climate change. An increasing frequency of events, however, is.
3 Most-asked questions about electric cars:
Keith Carson answers 3 of the most frequently asked questions about electric cars
Ever wondered how much your electricity bill would increase if you got an electric vehicle? Keith Carson did, too.
Maine bird species that may soon become extinct:
Several Maine bird species are threatened as the climate warms. One might well go extinct, another may simply move north.
How we know climate change isn't a natural cycle:
With the Earth warming, it's getting more difficult for others to deny the reality of climate change.
At this point very few people, even in the depths of the internet, deny this fact.
Maine's wild blueberries feeling the heat from climate change:
Maine is home to the wild blueberry. Our state has the highest production of the crop in the world. It's a vital part of the state’s economy.
York County fruit farm adjusts with the climate:
Climate change has presented both challenges and opportunities for the Libby family, owners of Libby & Son U-Picks Fruit & Farm in York County.
It was a perfect spring day. Aaron Libby and I jumped in his four-wheeler and cruised up and down rows of flowering fruit trees. The sweet smell of the blossoms was intoxicating.
Maine wood, maple trees being affected by climate change:
While Maine's woods have survived many cycles and centuries of weather, the warming climate, we are told, will change them.
Changing temperatures are going to alter the forest in the decades to come.
New climate norms bring warmer temps, more snow:
Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a new set of climate “normals” for specific sites across the country. Portland and several locations across Maine made this list as they are climate collection sites for the National Weather Service.
Maine's lake ice seasons are getting shorter:
Lake ice seasons are falling victim to climate change, and a shorter lake ice season has economic and social impacts across the Pine Tree State.
Winter in Maine: dark, cold, and seemingly unending. Ask almost anyone, and they'll tell you that you have to have a hobby in order to keep your spirits high.
Maine's ski resorts find ways to adapt to continuously rising temperatures due to climate change:
With more sporadic winter storms and frequent high-wind days, ski resorts are capitalizing as much as they can on windows for snowmaking.
It shows skiing, like farming and fishing, is also impacted by climate change effects in Maine.
Ancient ice tells scientists about climate change:
University of Maine research has focused on the Arctic because it is highly sensitive to temperatures and warming there can lead to changes elsewhere.
The Arctic experienced what he calls “abrupt change” in temperatures from 2007 to 2012.
“Temperatures increased over a five-year period between 8 and 9 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s annual temperatures, not just summer or winter," Dr. Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, told NEWS CENTER Maine. "That is as big a change in temperature, and as fast a change, as occurred between the last vestiges of the Ice Age and modern-day climate eleven-and-a-half thousand years ago.”
Maine communities brace for cost of rising sea levels:
Sailing into the harbor on the Vinalhaven ferry, visitors get a quick reminder that the island is home to one of the biggest lobster fleets in Maine. Carvers Harbor appears full of boats even when many are out fishing.
The core of the town — fishing wharves, the ferry terminal, gas pumps, stores, the fire department, even a motel — stretches out right beside the harbor.
It means the risk, or threat, from rising sea levels is very real in this town and others along the Maine coast.