Global Warming & Air Pollution
Air and global warming pollution harm Maine people, wildlife, and our environment. Find out what NRCM is doing—and what you can do—to help reduce global warming pollution and advocate for clean, healthy air in Maine.
Global warming (also known as "climate change") is caused by a blanket of pollution that traps heat around the earth. This pollution comes from cars, factories, homes, and power plants that burn fossil fuels such as oil, coal, natural gas, and gasoline. Among the highest rates of childhood asthma in the nation, rising seas and severe storms battering our coastal homes and towns, warming and more acidic oceans threatening fisheries, too many “bad air days,” more and more tick-borne diseases, threats to our fall foliage and winter tourism industries—these are among the many health, environmental, and economic problems global warming pollution is causing here in Maine.
In addition, burning fossil fuels contributes to other air pollution such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, and other air toxics, and they create a host of other problems, including unhealthful smog and soot; mercury contamination of Maine people, waters and wildlife; and acid rain and ocean acidification.
But there are solutions. NRCM is working to make Maine more energy efficient and to provide clean, renewable energy and cleaner more efficient vehicles that will reduce Maine’s contribution to air and global warming pollution to ensure Maine people and wildlife have clean air to breathe.