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  Nearly all scientists agree: the global climate is getting warmer. According to NASA records, Earth’s average surface temperature has risen 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century. All but one of the 16 hottest years in NASA’s 134-year record have occurred since 2000. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more…

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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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I’ve always understood AMC first as a pragmatic place—built for fun and adventure, but also deeply invested in plans, safety protocols, good maps, and the right gear. Look around you during one of our outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, or avalanche safety training courses, and you’ll see very plainly the kinds of situations in which…

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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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Around the globe, stay-at-home orders have halted operations at factories, grounded flights, cleared highways of vehicles, and shuttered most shops, hotels, restaurants, and offices. While these shutdowns have created a headache for families and crippled economies, there are signs the planet is breathing a sigh of relief. Global carbon dioxide emissions were down 17 percent…

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  The 1960s were a time of reckoning for humans’ relationship with the planet. The world population ballooned, straining resources. Three centuries of unregulated industrialization and urbanization had poisoned Earth’s air, waters, plants, and wildlife. Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring, awakened the nation and its leaders to the ecological hazards of agricultural pesticides….

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Last month the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued its draft order approving Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project. The project, first proposed by Central Maine Power in September 2018, would build a 145-mile above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, with 53 miles of the corridor would cross…

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  Bill McKibben may turn 60 this year, but don’t expect that milestone to slow him down. McKibben, who helped grow a fledgling student group he founded at Vermont’s Middlebury College in 2007 into a global climate action movement with tens of thousands participating, has been taking environmentalists’ interests right to the well-heeled fossil fuel…

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Half a century ago, 20 million Americans took to their streets, parks, and campuses to celebrate the planet and decry the environmental degradation they saw around them. Earth Day 1970, America’s first, set the stage for milestone laws and regulations that protect the health of people and planet and sparked a global environmental movement that…

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