Category: Climate Change/Energy

A Steep Climb: Growing Solar and EV Use

A Steep Climb: Growing Solar and EV Use

On the road to all-renewable power, Maine is moving like a car near the base of a long, snowy hill. It’s accelerating now, knowing it may lose momentum and traction in the ascent. One...

Displays of Love and Grief

Displays of Love and Grief

During a 2016 trip along Greenland’s west coast, Maine photographer Peter Ralston took this photo of disappearing ice. Ralston returned from that trip with what he describes as “a burning desire” to share his photos of...

The Face of Clean Energy in Maine

The Face of Clean Energy in Maine

Ascending to his office in Pittsfield, Vaughan Woodruff treads on the same hardwood steps he walked as a third-grader in public school. Now the stately brick building houses several small businesses alongside the solar...

Holding the Heat

Holding the Heat

Winter’s descent returns us to a primordial quest, trying to hold heat – that eternal escape artist – within our homes. In Maine, nearly two-thirds of households depend on heating oil, more than in...

Buried Treasure: Taking Farm Sustainability to a New Level

Buried Treasure: Taking Farm Sustainability to a New Level

“We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot,” Leonardo da Vinci is said to have observed roughly five centuries ago. Sadly, that statement still holds, according to geologist...

Reshaping the Energy Landscape for Resilience

Reshaping the Energy Landscape for Resilience

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Hoboken, New Jersey “literally became an island,” recalled its mayor at the time, Dawn Zimmer, during a recent talk she gave in Maine. The city was 80 percent submerged,...

Maine in 2040: Can You Imagine It?

Maine in 2040: Can You Imagine It?

Instead of relying solely on models and charts, what if we tried to visualize just how different our lives might be in a climate-altered Maine two decades hence? What follows is an imaginative portrait...

Speaking of Climate

Speaking of Climate

“It’s not climate change – it’s everything change.” – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet, in a 2015 essay Rapid. Far-reaching. Unprecedented. When international scientists wrote last fall in a U.N. report of the...