The two reports conclude that Maine’s average temperature will increase significantly by the end of the century.
Two new reports on global warming paint a troubling picture for Maine’s climate over the next century. The National Wildlife Federation along with Physician’s for Social Responsibility have released a new report that predicts a growing number of scorching hot days.
“Maine and the rest of New England will suffer from a rising number of extremely hot days, with worsening air quality and increased risks to human health and the environment,” says Natural Resources Council of Maine Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim in a press release.
Didisheim says the report indicates that by the end of the century, Maine could experience as many as 25 days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit every summer at current rates of global warming pollution. He says Maine’s relatively cool summer this year is a “temporary respite” due to natural climate oscillations.
A second report by The Nature Conservancy concludes that average temperatures in Maine by the end of the century will increase by more than 8 degrees Fahrenheit if global warming pollution continues unabated. The new climate analysis scheduled for release on Thursday, outlines the threats the temperature increase would pose to the state’s forests, lobster fishery, maple syrup industry and other natural resources that fuel the state’s economy.