Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Pen Bay Pilot reports on launch of ‘Why Climate Change Matters’ website

The Penobscot Bay Pilot picked up a University of Maine news release announcing the launch of a new website, “Why Climate Change Matters To Your Security, Health & Wealth.” The site includes concise talking points intended to enhance public understanding of the threats posed by climate change, and actions that must be taken to mitigate […]

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Wason discusses drought’s impact on trees

WABI (Channel 5) talked with Jay Wason, assistant professor of forest ecosystem physiology in the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, about how the drought that struck Maine this summer may affect trees in the region. “The trees use a couple different sources of water, one is the surface water that we think about when we […]

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Wiscasset Newspaper reports on construction at Darling Marine Center

Wiscasset Newspaper picked up a Darling Marine Center (DMC) news release about the waterfront improvement projects now underway at DMC. Planned construction includes upgrading the flowing seawater system, renovating the oldest seawater laboratory and replacing the Center’s main pier. “Amid all the challenges people are facing right now, we’re grateful for the support of the […]

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UMaine Medicine hosting Oct. 30 webinar on impacts of pollution, climate change on human health

The University of Maine Institute of Medicine fall seminar series continues with a virtual presentation by Nishad Jayasundara, assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3–4 p.m. Oct. 30.   In this presentation, Water Pollution, Rising Temperatures and a Mysterious Kidney Disease, Jayasundara will discuss his research examining the biochemical […]

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New NASA project at UMaine will use lasers from space to map carbon in forests 

Researchers from the Wheatland Geospatial Laboratory (WGL) in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources and the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) have been selected to join NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Science Team. The three-year research project was awarded $500,000 to map carbon stocks and changes across a large and […]

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UMaine economist co-authors report guiding U.S. toward carbon-neutral economy 

The director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center co-authored a strategic plan to guide the U.S. toward a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 as a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA).  University of Maine economist Jonathan Rubin and other members of SDSN USA, which was launched to implement the United Nations’ sustainable […]

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Media write about UMaine-led study involving seabirds, climate change and Falkland Islands

Cosmos, Vice, Eurasia Review, Courthouse News Service and the Natural History Museum wrote about a University of Maine-led study exploring how seabird responses to climate change 5,000 years ago transformed the Falkland Islands. A 14,000-year paleoecological reconstruction of the sub-Antarctic islands created by researchers found that seabird establishment occurred during a period of regional cooling […]

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Sara Kelemen

Sara Kelemen: addressing equity in Maine’s climate strategies 

Sara Kelemen informed dozens of Maine Climate Council members last month about how their efforts to combat climate change can lead to equitable outcomes. The Climate Council invited representatives from the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions to a webinar to discuss their equity assessment of the council’s Climate Action […]

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Black-browed albatross

New study finds seabird response to abrupt climate change 5,000 years ago transformed island ecosystems in the Falklands

The Falkland Islands are a South Atlantic refuge for some of the world’s most important seabird species, including five species of penguins, Great Shearwaters, and White-chinned Petrels. In recent years, their breeding grounds in the coastal tussac (Poa flabellata) grasslands have come under increasing pressure from sheep grazing and erosion. And unlike other regions of […]

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