A study released this week show Maine lost about $70 million in appreciated waterfront property values from 2005 to 2017. By Eric Russell and Kevin Miller, Staff Writers Portland Press Herald news story Increased tidal flooding caused by sea level rise has contributed to a loss of $70 million in the appreciation of waterfront real estate Read More
Effects of Sea-level Rise on Maine
NRCM released one of the most complete depictions ever done of the potential impacts on Maine’s coastline from sea-level rise due to global warming. Our advanced scientific analysis shows that coastal businesses, homes, wildlife habitat, transportation systems, and some of the state’s most treasured places are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise.
NRCM calculated sea-level rise impacts for the entire coast and found at least 20 high-risk cities and towns that stand to lose 20 to 30 percent of their land area, their municipal infrastructure, miles of highways, and millions of dollars of property.
If global warming continues unabated, then portions of Maine’s coastline will be forever changed. That is why we are calling for increased efforts at every level to reduce global warming pollution. The most dangerous impacts of sea-level rise can still be avoided, but widespread action is needed now.
Other bills include proposals to require MaineCare to provide coverage for legal abortion services, and to make vehicle inspections on new cars valid for two years. by Scott Thistle, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story The Maine Legislature is back to work and already has 25 bills moving through the process, including one that Read More
By Michael Kelley, Staff Writer Scarborough Leader news story For generations the beauty of Scarborough’s beaches and marsh system has been an attraction for residents and visitors alike, but proximity to water also poses a risk to town infrastructure. The town council met with members of the conservation commission last week to talk about Scarborough’s Read More
Looking for a good excuse to head to the slopes? Mt. Abram ski area offers plenty, and they’re good for Maine’s environment. On February 16, I had the great pleasure of joining Senator Angus King for a tour of the Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Maine. This locally owned, family-friendly ski area now hosts the second-largest Read More
Anne Gleason, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Kennebunk’s new Sustainable Energy Alliance is preparing to launch a monthly climate challenge program, appealing to area residents to get involved in the fight against climate change. The organization, formed last summer to target global warming, has secured commitments from the town government and the school Read More
By Kate Irish Collins, Assistant Editor-Sun Chronicle KeepMEcurrent.com news story SCARBOROUGH: If the glaciers covering the Arctic and Antarctica continue to melt and the ocean temperatures continue to rise, not only will the map of the world have to be redrawn, but also Maine’s coastal communities, particularly Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach, would become unrecognizable. Read More
Times Record editorial The Natural Resources Council of Maine has issued a wake-up call on global warming by mapping the impact rising seas will have on coastal Maine communities. This is science, not fantasy. We should consider ourselves warned. The geographic information systems (GIS) department at Colby College and the faculty at the University of Read More
By Erica Thoits and Josh Harriman Keep ME Current news story SCARBOROUGH AND CAPE ELIZABETH (Sep 27, 2006): Imagine rebuilding Route 1 and businesses along it because sections of it were under water. Imagine the Scarborough Fire Department’s engine house on Pine Point under water. Imagine the police and fire departments in South Portland under Read More
By Zach Anchors, Staff Writer Scarborough Leader news story A new study examining the effects of potential sea level rises on the Maine coast has singled out Scarborough as an especially vulnerable region. The study, a product of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), estimates that if sea levels rise three feet, as many Read More