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Map: 3 in 5 Mainers live in counties affected by storms, floods, and other weather disasters

PORTLAND, MAINE – 68 percent, or three in five Mainers live in counties affected recently by weather-related disasters, including the late September flooding here in Portland and across the coast, according to new interactive map using data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

“We used to think of climate change as a problem that would happen someday, somewhere,” Laura Dorle, campaign organizer with Environment Maine. “But as this map helps demonstrate, global warming is happening now, and it’s already hitting close to home.”

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Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Mainers. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Maine Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Dangerous Inheritance

As a result of global warming, young Americans today are growing up in a different climate than their parents and grandparents experienced. It is warmer than it used to be. Storms pack more of a punch. Rising seas increasingly flood low-lying land. Large wildfires have grown bigger, more frequent and more expensive to control. People are noticing changes in their own backyards, no matter where they live.

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