Covering Climate Now

Maine Public participated in an international reporting initiative, #coveringclimatenow to highlight the effects of climate change in the week leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, in New York City. More than 300 media outlets agreed to offer and, in some cases, share climate change stories of global, national state and local significance.

The unusual collaboration was co-funded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation, with additional support from The Guardian. It is considered one of the most ambitious reporting efforts ever undertaken by world media on a single topic. Among the public media news outlets that signed on are PBS NewsHour, the Climate One podcast, KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, Marketplace Tech, Science Friday, WBEZ in Chicago, WHYY in Philadelphia, WNYC in New York, WBUR in Boston and PRI’s The World.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

On the same day that President Donald Trump announced that the United States will officially withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, scientists, government officials and policymakers began meeting in Portland to prepare for climate change.

Caroline Losneck / Maine Public/file

A 100-year flood is supposed to be just that: a flood that occurs once every 100 years, or a flood that has a 1% chance of happening every year.


Greenhouse gas emissions could cause the Earth’s temperature to rise higher than previously estimated and far beyond the targeted limits, according to a study released Tuesday.

Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday that Maine will be carbon neutral by the 2045.

Mills told the international audience that Maine is feeling the effects of climate change and is taking steps to address the problem.

Barbara Cariddi / Maine Public

Maine is now home to dozens of invasive species of plants and insects. These are species that didn’t evolve here, and now they’re threatening plants that did. And that threat extends to the native insects, birds and other living things that depend on those plants.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

In 30 years, the Gulf of Maine will have been transformed by climate change. Its waters will inexorably grow warmer, and the species that flourish there will be those that can adapt. The same might be said for the Mainers who make their living from the sea. The future of the state's marine economy may well belong to those who can adapt.

Gov. Janet Mills has called for a new, concerted state effort to coordinate Maine’s efforts to deal with climate change. The Maine Climate Council launches on Sept. 26. We’ll hear from key members about the goals and challenges for the council. This show is scheduled to coincide with the UN Climate Action Summit, where Mills will address the UN General Assembly.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills is speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday afternoon about Maine's effort to combat climate change.

Throughout history, human beings have demonstrated a seemingly innate desire to leave their mark on the world, with some experts suggesting that the same neurochemistry that drives animals to promote their genes also pushes people to want to leave their trace on the planet.

Climate Change Is Coming for Our Fish Dinners

Sep 21, 2019

Omega-3 fatty acids could be one reason that human brains evolved to be so powerful, but changing water conditions associated with climate change may reduce the amount of omega-3 available for human consumption. A new global tally of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found it will drop in availability by 10%–58% depending on how aggressively humans curb greenhouse gas emissions over the next century.

Robert Bukaty / AP File

The Trump Administration has been active with efforts to roll back some parts of federal clean air laws, which govern everything from coal-fired electric plants to motor vehicle emissions. In many cases, the efforts have been made through rule making. Some state attorneys general, including Maine’s, have joined together in trying to block those changes.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

From Portland to Norway and Bar Harbor, thousands of teens across Maine left their schools Friday to demand action on climate change.

The broadcasters – often among the most trusted voices in their communities – are connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate science, and shifting public opinion.

Local TV weather forecasters have become foot soldiers in the war against climate misinformation. Over the past decade, a growing number of meteorologists and weathercasters have begun addressing the climate crisis either as part of their weather forecasts, or in separate, independent news reports to help their viewers understand what is happening and why it is important.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The way many young people see it, the effects of climate change will be their burden to bear. Young "climate strikers" in Maine say that's why they're walking out of schools Friday and taking to the streets.

Allie Seroussi

Scrolling online to procrastinate sleeping, Allie Seroussi stumbled upon an article her mom’s friend shared on Facebook from a series in The New York Times Magazine called “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.”