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A new federal report predicts that the effects of climate change will cost federal taxpayers a trillion dollars over the next two decades.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins was among those who called for the study from the Government Accountability Office.

“There has not been nearly enough analysis on the consequences, for our economy, for the federal budget,” Collins says.

The Republican senator says the study shows that Congress must invest in initiatives and policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change, and avoid huge additional budget costs.

Maine and a Changing Environment

Apr 21, 2017
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Maine Calling is live from Bowdoin College, Smith Auditorium, 1-2 pm. The general public is welcome to come join the audience.

From the peaks of Katahdin to the coastal shores, Maine offers a unique platform for studying and surveying almost all aspects of climate change.  We'll hear from experts on how a changing environment has affected the state, and what steps can be taken to mitigate the impacts of a warming climate. 

Guests:  Dave Carlon, associate professor of biology and director of the Coastal Studies Center

A national effort by a libertarian think tank to convince public school teachers that there is a division within the scientific community over whether human activity has accelerated global climate change is apparently having little to no effect in Maine.

In fact, at the Maine Education Association in Augusta, President Lois Kilby-Chesley says the DVDs and booklets sent out to about 25,000 teachers by the Illinois-based Heartland Institute are being used by faculty members as examples of how critical thinking can be used to debunk preposterous theories.

Climate Change

Dec 26, 2016
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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken.

The Director of the UMaine Climate Change Institute and leading glaciologist Paul Mayewski joins us with the very latest research findings from the Arctic, his insights about the pace and impact of climate change, and the tragic death of Maine climate science researcher Gordon Hamilton.

Guest:  Paul Mayewski is an explorer, glaciologist, climate scientist and director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine. 

Climate Change

Nov 29, 2016
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The Director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and leading glaciologist Paul Mayewski joins us with the very latest research findings from the Arctic, his insights about the pace and impact of climate change, and the tragic death of Maine climate science researcher Gordon Hamilton. 

Guest:  Paul Mayewski is an explorer, glaciologist, climate scientist and director of the Climate Change Institute at University of Maine.

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With 100,000 nautical miles behind them, a Swiss family sailed into Maine this week as it continued on a 16-year expedition to document climate change. Their journey has taken them from ocean to mountaintop in a quest to report on climate change at all altitudes and find some solutions.

Dario Schworer decided to set out to explore climate change with his wife, Sabine, nearly two decades ago because, he says, as a Swiss mountain guide, he noticed that his office was melting away.

Arctic Climate Change
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As the sea ice in the Arctic continues to melt, large areas of water are opening up,and the prospect of an “artic passage” is drawing much interest from commercial shipping companies and from the governments and military forces of northern nations.

A group called the Arctic Council — dedicated to shaping a peaceful future for the region, is holding a high level meeting in Portland this week.

Arctic Council

Oct 3, 2016
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The Senior Arctic Officials Meeting of the Arctic Council takes plans on October 4-6 in Portland. We’ll learn what the council does and why an organization concerned with the Arctic is holding a high-level meeting in Maine.

Guests:  Rafe Pomerance, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and chairman of Arctic 21, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations concerned with climate change in the region

Dr. Adrianna Muir, the Deputy Senior Arctic Official at the U.S. Department of State for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council

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When it comes to communicating climate change, there can be a thin line between making things seem completely hopeless in the world and making adaptation and even mitigation seem possible.

Science Skepticism

Jun 14, 2016
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Why does the public often view science with doubt and distrust? From issues like climate change to vaccinations to GMOs, people question the validity of scientific evidence. What explains this phenomenon, and how does it affect societal attitudes today?

Guests:

Prof. David Hecht, assistant professor of history at Bowdoin College

Prof. Ivan Fernandez, professor of soil science at University of Maine

Dr. Laura Blaisdell, pediatrician with InterMed and clinical study coordinator for the National Children's Study

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AUBURN, Maine — Scientists expect that climate change will bring with it an increasing number of severe storms, and here in Maine efforts are underway to plan for such catastrophic events.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is supporting an agreement that will strengthen regional co-operation in addressing climate change.

During this week's annual conference of the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in St. John's, Newfoundland, the group unanimously agreed on the importance of collaborating as a region to address climate change.

Under this agreement, a 2030 reduction marker range of 35 percent to 45 percent below 1990 levels has been adopted. Patrick Woodcock is the governor's Energy Office director.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senators Susan Collins and Angus King say the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs have been awarded more than $237,000 to plan for climate change.

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How is climate change affecting our health?

Guests:  Lani Graham, MD - Maine Medical Association Medical Director.  Former director of the Maine Bureau of Health.  Co-author of PSR Maine report “Death by Degrees;  The Emerging Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine.”
Paul Perkins, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine board member.
Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., Distinguished Maine Professor at the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The group Physicians for Social Responsibility has released an update to a 2010 report on the health consequences of climate change.

Board member of the Maine chapter, Dr. Lani Graham, says the rise in vector borne-diseases is particularly troubling. The number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine has increased 1,800 percent in 14 years.

"It's not just going to be Lyme disease," Graham said at a Portland news conference. "There are other diseases and illnesses out there that are going to be present."

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