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Climate Driven

Climate Driven

A deep dive into Maine's response, one county at a time.

The next decade is a critical time for the planet. Scientists say there will need to be a rapid, transformational shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That's the threshold that avoids the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Can the world meet the challenge? And what are we, all of us, prepared to do about it?

To protect life as we know it, we'll need to be climate driven — and that's the name of the ambitious project our newsroom tackled for 18 months.

The focus was on climate change in Maine, one county at a time. That meant taking a deep dive into the effects of climate change on diverse regions of the state — the coast, the western mountains, the North Woods, Down East — and reporting not only what the science tells us but what communities, businesses and individuals are doing (or not) to prepare for the future that's unfolding.

The Climate Driven series was made possible through the support of Maine Public members across Maine and by Evergreen Home Performance, Lee Auto Mall, Casella Waste Systems, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, and the Maine Community Foundation.

Where We've been


(Click to view stories we have reported in each county.)

Climate Driven: Meet Pearl

There are currently only about 6,000, which is a 90% increase from just a couple years ago. But it's still a drop in the bucket compared to the 219,000 the state wants to see in use by the end of the decade.

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