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We've crossed the finish …

... on Climate Driven, publishing our last story from Cumberland County this morning. This county, in particular, has been extremely fruitful — we reported a total of 13 stories here alone!

As a decadelong vegan, Susan Sharon's story on the rise of plant-based eating particularly resonated with me. I vividly remember walking into Green Elephant — a predominantly vegan Asian restaurant in Portland — for the first time, several years ago, and thinking, "Wait, I can eat all of this?!" As Susan reported, most of the time vegans are lucky to get a single option, but to have an entire menu to choose from... well, that's not so uncommon anymore.

As I hinted last week, we're still looking for ways to continue Climate Driven even as all the reporting is complete — anything we work on, we'll be sure to promote here, and it will live on the same page at More on that when it happens!


Andrew Catalina, Digital Editor

(PS: I didn't know talking about the Giro last week would end up being topical, but the race has been decimated by COVID and Italy is experiencing historic, deadly flooding, so it has unexpectedly entered the international conversation...)

Maine Public: Beyond salad and fries: there are more ways to eat your vegetables now — and help the planet too

Eat more vegetables. You probably got that a lot as a kid. Well, now climate scientists say there's more reason than ever to follow that advice. Meat and dairy account for more than 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Maine Public: In South Portland, benefits of electric lawn care run up against feelings about cost and climate

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NPR: She wants fiction writers to step outside their experiences 

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PRI: Russian artists in exile create new identity and work

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Maine Public: Sea levels are rising along Maine's coast. That's not dampening the hot market for beachfront homes

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PRI: Portrait of an access broker as a young man turned hacker

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BBC: How Moon missions changed the modern world

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Maine Public: Food waste is a climate problem. Here's how some Mainers are making better use of leftovers

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WBUR: To find right whales, some scientists want to find their food's food

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NPR: It's time to get on the billy woods bandwagon

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Have you picked up your copy of "The Midcoast" by Adam White yet? That’s the next featured title of our All Books Considered Book Club.

The New York Times described "The Midcoast" as "brimming with keen observation, not just of the landscape but of dialect and class distinctions and all the tiny, vital particularities that make a place real in fiction, 'The Midcoast' is an absorbing look at small-town Maine and the thwarted dreams of a family trying to transcend it."

The "Midcoast" Book Club Event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, with the author and our host Bill Nemitz. Not a book club member? Quickly remedy that gaffe by signing up today!

Thanks to Bull Moose and Coffee By Design for their support of this series.


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