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When humans leave cities and towns and venture into the backcountry, we are, in a very real way, visitors in someone else’s home. Countless animals, birds, fish, and insects inhabit the natural spaces we love, and our very presence can throw off delicately balanced ecosystems built over millennia.   Protect your food Over time, birds…

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  According to Leave No Trace principles, anything that does not belong in nature in the first place should be carried out. This “pack in, pack out” philosophy applies to trash and food waste, human and domesticated animal waste, soaps, lotions, and other products. “Human waste is a hazard to public health and also attracts…

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The greenhouse effect has caused the Earth’s average temperature to rise 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since such records were first kept in the late 19th century. This may not seem like a significant increase, but even incremental climate fluctuations can and do affect many facets of life on Earth, from where we live to where we…

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  Measuring a person’s carbon footprint includes a number of factors. Choices we make, from the food we eat, to the products we use and industries we support, to the distances we travel, play into the amount of greenhouse gases we add into the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide,…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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  AMC’S 101 years of trail-building is a story of adaptability. Every year, our trail crews head out to blaze routes from trailhead to summit, knowing their destination, but not always what they will encounter along the way. Technology helps determine elevation in each section, but the challenges that pop up—large rocks, safe water crossings,…

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Spending time at home during the covid-19 crisis can be difficult for anyone. For outdoor enthusiasts, everything from thru-hikes to weekend bouldering trips have been postponed. But don’t despair! Below you’ll find Appalachian Mountain Club staff picks of podcasts to listen to and stay connected with the outdoors. “The Wild has taken me on a…

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As the world continues to practice physical distancing and many remain isolated to their homes, coping with that alone time is a challenge. The Mount Washington Observatory (MWOB) staff, though, are no strangers to finding ways to occupy their time while in isolation, as their work shifts require spending a week or more holed up…

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Amid growing recognition that younger Americans will face human-made climate crises not of their creation, a Connecticut lawmaker says all children in her state should learn not only what climate change is but what they can do to address it. Rep. Christine Palm (D–Chester), a former journalist and high school teacher, sponsored a 2019 bill…

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The science is settled: Since the mid-19th century, human activities have contributed to global warming by at least 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 degree Celsius. If climate change continues at its current pace—or ramps up, as last fall’s United Nations Intergovernmental Panel predicted—our children will face ecological challenges previous generations could not have imagined: worsening…

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