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Mainers confronting climate change threats

Mainers from every corner of the state are stepping up to the climate challenge. Practical, creative and trailblazing teachers, bus drivers, students, communities, recent graduates and professional athletes alike are taking action to get ahead of the climate curve. Read their stories.

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York Steps Up to Climate Risks with an Aggressive Action Plan

March 23, 2022

The town of York is stepping up to the significant risks posed by climate change to its miles of coastline, economy and abundant natural areas with an aggressive, comprehensive climate action plan. 

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Newcastle's Arlene Cole: NOAA Weather Observer Since 1965

March 23, 2022

Every day at 5pm, Arlene Cole of Newcastle records the temperature and measures precipitation levels. Every month, Arlene sends her findings to the National Weather Service, a division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

She’s done this since 1965.

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How a Marine Geologist Measures Maine's Coastal Changes

March 22, 2022

Peter Slovinsky has a life-long fascination with the coast. Growing up, he spent hours digging in the sand, fishing and surfing. In his 5th grade yearbook, he said wanted to be a “Coastal Engineer” when he grew up. 

He got pretty close. 

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How To Contribute to Climate Science: Become a Citizen Scientist!

March 22, 2022

You can take climate action and help scientists understand Maine’s changing climate by tracking observations from your own backyard. Citizen science, also referred to as community science, is a collaboration between scientists and everyday people to monitor things like water quality, storms, tides, temperatures, trail conditions, and more. 

Anyone can participate with citizen science. Projects span different interests, locations and commitment levels. Introductory training is typically provided. 

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How 5 Dover-Foxcroft Residents formed a Climate Action Advisory Committee

February 18, 2022

Spurred to roll up their sleeves by accelerating climate change risks, Dr. Lesley Fernow and four fellow Dover-Foxcroft residents formed the Climate Action Advisory Committee (CAAC) in August 2021. The group’s goal is to bring climate change awareness to the local selectboard and to the county decision-making process.

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