Climate Change

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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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BDN reports on climate change, winter recreation talk featuring Birkel, Leahy

The Bangor Daily News published answers to the biggest questions posed during its webinar on how climate change affects winter recreation in Maine. The online talk, which was part of the Bangor Daily News Climate Conversation series, featured a panel of researchers that included Sean Birkel, University of Maine research assistant professor with the Climate […]

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Learn about environmental and climate justice from leading experts

Members of the University of Maine community can learn about environmental and climate justice from a few of the leading scholars in the field during a webinar scheduled for 7–9 p.m. Oct. 26.  During the talk, “Environmental & Climate Justice: Anti-Racist Movements and Principles for Practice”, panelists from the Yale School of Law, Northeastern University, […]

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BDN editorial on climate change cites Leahy, Birkel

A Bangor Daily News editorial cited the participation of Jessica Leahy, a University of Maine professor of human dimensions of natural resources, and Sean Birkel, Maine state climatologist and research assistant professor with UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, in an online forum sponsored by the newspaper. The discussion, one in an ongoing conversation focused on climate […]

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Birkel comments on Maine weather in Downeast magazine

In the article “5 Things a Maine Newcomer Should Know” in Downeast magazine’s November 2020 issue, Sean Birkel, a University of Maine research assistant professor and Maine state climatologist, indicated temperature variations of as much as 10 degrees are common between northern and southern Maine. Birkel also differentiated coastal and inland snow patterns, noting that […]

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Wheatland Geospatial researchers join NASA initiative, receive funding for carbon mapping

Two University of Maine researchers will join NASA’s Global Ecosystems Dynamic Investigation (GEDI) science initiative with a $500,000 grant that will facilitate development and testing of carbon mapping methods using satellite data gathered on the International Space Station. Daniel Hayes, director of the University of Maine Wheatland Geospatial Laboratory and Aaron Weiskittel, director of the […]

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UMaine professors contribute to report advising how governments can tackle biodiversity loss through COVID-19 recovery

Two University of Maine professors contributed to a report that explores how governments can help mitigate ecosystem and species loss through their COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plans.  While many countries hope to implement regulatory and funding measures to help “return to normal,” the authors of a Rutgers University-led paper, including Michael Howard and Cynthia Isenhour […]

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Wiscasset Newspaper notes Fernandez’s guest talk for upcoming awards banquet

The Wiscasset Newspaper noted that Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science and forest resources and cooperating professor in the Climate Change Institute, will guest speak at the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s first Virtual Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Fernandez will offer a talk called “Climate Change in Maine and […]

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