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Group: Map Demonstrates Global Warming 'No Longer a Distant Threat' to Mainers

PORTLAND, Maine — Almost 7 of 10 Mainers live in counties that have experienced federally declared extreme weather events over the last five years.

That's according to the environmental advocacy group Environment Maine. Using federal data, an interactive map has been put together that shows weather-related disasters over the period in Maine and across the U.S.

"We used to think of climate change as a problem that would happen someday, somewhere else," says Environment Maine's Laura Dorle. "But this map helps to demonstrate the fact that global warming is no longer a distant threat but something that is happening now, and it's already hitting close to home with the increase of extreme weather-related disasters."

Dorle says Environment America researchers found that York and Cumberland Counties experienced the brunt of the severe weather in the past five years, with eight and seven federally declared disasters, respectively.