So, being in Maine at present, I decided to do an online search for “climate change Maine” and see what happened. What I got was a report on the state’s present and future climate, an update on a more extensive report on the same topic conducted several years earlier. It’s dry but quite readable–and it’s shorter than it looks, since many of the pages don’t actually have a lot of text on them. You can get an overview of the state of the state, as it were, in just a few minutes.
To read the report, click here.
I won’t try to summarize the whole thing, but here are a few highlights:
- Air temperatures have increased, especially in the winter. The warm season is about two weeks longer, now.
- Overall precipitation has increased.
- The number of extreme precipitation events has increased (including extreme snow).
- Ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are rising faster than in the ocean as a whole.
- The Gulf of Maine is more vulnerable to ocean acidification than is the ocean as a whole.
- Practical impacts of these changes include increased risk of heat stroke, Lyme disease, and flooding, as well as disruption to fisheries, agriculture, and winter tourism.
The report concludes with a list of information resources.
I haven’t checked every state, but it looks like at least most of them have commissioned similar reports and they’re easy to find online. What is the outlook for your state?