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Not Again! Climate Litigation Sets Its Sights On Maine

Activist groups involved in promoting and funding climate litigation have arrived in Maine and are discussing the possibility of local leaders filing a lawsuit against energy companies for their production, marketing, sale, and public statements around fossil fuels. In October,…

Scott administration floats a court challenge to the Global Warming Solutions Act – vtdigger.org

Secretary of Administration Susanne Young is the chair of the new Vermont Climate Council, but says the Scott administration is considering a legal challenge to the Global Warming Solutions Act, the law that established the council. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger…

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Study improves ability to predict how whales travel through their ocean habitat

(New England Aquarium) Scientists at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life recently published a study that could help researchers learn where protections are needed the most for bowhead whales.

Seabirds’ response to abrupt climate change transformed sub-Antarctic island ecosystems

(The University of Hong Kong) A 14,000-year paleoecological reconstruction of the sub-Antarctic islands done by an international research team including HKU has found that seabird establishment occurred during a period of regional cooling 5,000 years ago. Their populations, in turn, shifted the Falkland Island ecosystem through the deposit of high concentrations of guano that helped nourish tussac, produce peat and increase the incidence of fire. The findings were recently published in the journal Science Advances.

Longer mud season, no snow could alter northeast US rivers by 2100

Researchers have found that snow cover is on the decline in northeastern US due to climate change and by the end of century, the vernal window, sometimes referred to as mud season, could be two to four weeks longer which means significantly less melting snow that could be detrimental to key spring conditions in rivers and surrounding ecosystems.

What’s a Blue Moon, and when is the next one?

We have a Blue Moon coming up on October 31, 2020. It’ll be called a Blue Moon because it’ll be the 2nd of 2 full moons in a single calendar month. And it’ll be near a bright red object in the sky, Mars!

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OFFSHORE WIND: Entrepreneurs see hope — and profit — in floating turbines

A second phase of offshore wind development is about to get underway in the U.S., starting in Maine, a state that sees its energy future built on a new type of wind turbine. It is one that can float in deeper waters and that may be built more cheaply than existing wind turbines being constructed or planned along most of the U.S. East Coast.

Seabird response to abrupt climate change 5,000 years ago transformed Falklands ecosystems

A 14,000-year paleoecological reconstruction of the sub-Antarctic islands has found that seabird establishment occurred during a period of regional cooling 5,000 years ago. Their populations, in turn, shifted the Falkland Islands ecosystems through the deposit of high concentrations of guano that helped nourish tussac, produce peat and increase the incidence of fire.