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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Rockland 2015 is starting to sound a bit like Searsport 2012. A large out of state corporation has spun off a local-sounding LLC – Rockland Energy Center Limited Liability Corporation – and is proposing to build a gas plant in the city. Few specifics have been released, leaving Rockland residents with many unanswered questions. “Renew Rockland”, a group that describes itself as “local residents who have come together to respond to changing energy needs and concerns about our local environment” compiled unanswered questions collected at the few previous meetings where this issue has been discussed, and held a forum last week to try to address them. Panelists at the forum on “Rockland’s Energy Future” had expertise in engineering gas plants, alternative energy, climate change and health. The resulting discussion has implications far beyond Rockland. In a 2 part special, this week and next, we’ll take you there.

    FMI: www.facebook.com/renewthemidcoast/?fref=ts

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Phenology and Citizen Science

    Key Discussion Points:
    How can phenology (the tracking of seasonal changes within plants and animals in our communities) help inform climate change research?
    What are the impacts of global climate change on our backyard plant and animals?
    What are some of the indicator species that volunteers are tracking and why?
    How can Maine citizens become involved in phenology projects like Signs of the Seasons, the Loon Count, and others?

    Hannah Weber, Research and Education Projects Manager, Schoodic Institute
    Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park
    Esperanza Stancioff, Associate Extension Professor, UMaine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant
    Susan Gallo, Wildlife Biologist, Maine Audubon

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Generation Climate Rising Rally in Augusta

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) This past Saturday, April 11th, Maine Students for Climate Justice held a rally and march in Augusta, calling it Generation Climate Rising. Students from colleges, universities and high schools from across state, and supporters, called on Governor LePage to put a freeze on all new fossil fuel infrastructure and to support measures to bring more solar and conservation to the state.
    b) Speakers and participants spoke on climate justice, the need for Maine’s government to take climate change seriously, the already changing environment and the need for immediate action.
    c) This year’s Maine Youth Activism Gathering will be held Saturday April 18th -Monday April 20th, three days of workshops and community building.

    A) Organizers with Maine Students for Climate Justice : Meaghan LaSala (USM), Maddie Lamal-Brown (Bowdoin), Matthew Miles Goodrich (Bowdoin), Iris SanGiovanni (USM), Catherine Fletcher (UMO), Michelle Fournier (350 Maine)
    B) student participants from universities, colleges and high schools across the state
    C) Christine, Pine Tree Youth Organizing, ptyo.org/

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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

    Climate Change Part 21 Adaptation

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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

    Climate Change Part 20: IPCC Mitigation

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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

    Climate Change Part 19: Geoengineering

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  • Producer/Host: Allen Hundley

    Scientists weigh in on climate change.

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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

    Climate Change Part 18 Social Justice

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