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This week has brought us ...

... officially to our next stop on Climate Driven, our yearlong look at climate change across Maine’s 16 counties.

We are in Oxford County this time, where our first stop looks at what is happening to evergreen trees in Maine and how changing weather conditions are destabilizing the industry. We also take a bus trip from the western mountains to Lewiston to explore what public transit infrastructure looks like; how snowmaking is changing; and the latest in weatherization.

As electric cars are becoming more popular, the Maine Public News Team wanted to find out more about what it takes to operate one, especially in more rural areas. That brings us to Pearl, our Nissan Leaf. Our series will also explore how she ran in Oxford County. Tune in for that early next week!

We’ll squeeze in some book recommendations from our Maine Calling team, tips on curbing shopping (if you need them), and how the construction industry is looking at waste.

As we close out the year, a big thanks to our incredible team at Maine Public, and of course a big thanks to you our readers, viewers, and listeners. You make it all happen and we appreciate that.

We’ll have a guest author next week. Have a great rest of 2021!



Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: For Christmases yet to come, climate change threatens Maine's beloved evergreen trees

Scientists say that some of the state's best-loved conifers are under threat, with extreme weather making it difficult for them to grow.

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Maine Public: Public transit in rural Maine is sparse. Improving it could help the state fight climate change

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BBC Future: The industry creating a third of the world's waste

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Maine Public: Drafty homes drive up energy bills. Volunteers use a simple technique to insulate some of them

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NPR’s Life Kit: Stop before you shop! You can give meaningful holiday gifts without buying new

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Maine Public: To adapt to a shortening winter, Maine ski areas turn to snow making

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Sweatpants have gone professional, and there’s no going back now

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Maine Calling: Recommendations from readers and writers for the best books of the year

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NPR: NPR: Who will host the next Scripps National Spelling Bee? L-E-V-A-R

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Maine Public: Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves 1,700 acres of land on Schoodic Peninsula

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All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece returns to Maine Public Television in a grand way next month with a Season One New Year’s weekend marathon and the premiere of the all-new Season Two.‚Äč We decided that this is an exceptional opportunity to shine a light on Maine’s creatures – great, small, and otherwise. Send us a photo of a special creature that is important to you! We’ll select a photo a day to feature on and on our social media platforms throughout January. AND with the help of our sponsors, including the teams at AARP Maine and Cherished Possessions, $2 will be donated to select Maine animal shelters across the state for every photo submitted (up to 500 photos)! Send pictures of your creatures to us at [email protected].  


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