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It’s finally here!  

… Our Somerset County drop for Climate Driven started on Monday and it’s still going through the end of the week. We have a great mix of stories touching on maple syrup and how the sugar maples might survive in a northern Maine pocket, what’s happening with wind power across the state, new forms of insulation crafted from the forest industry, and the carbon footprint of New Balance shoes, to name a few. We also took our electric car, “Pearl” into rural Somerset County to learn about what it takes to make EV life happen there. Catch them all, plus stories from our previous three counties at mainepublic.org/climatedriven.

Also this week, Ukrainian refugees are now arriving at the border with Mexico, betting on ice out dates in Vermont, and how you might change your shower routine to reduce pollution.

We also had some enthusiasm over on Instagram, or the “gram” as the kids call it these days. Check out our posts there to see some maple syrup-inspired pancake action from last week here

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Until next time,

Mark

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: WATCH: Somerset County may become the last bastion of maple syrup producers in New England

The iconic maple syrup industry is an economic driver in New England and in Maine, the third largest producer in the U.S. But rising temperatures and erratic sap runs are posing big challenges and foreshadowing even bigger changes.

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Maine Public: Coastal communities have a leg up in climate change planning. Here's how inland Maine is catching up

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NPR: Ukrainians have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands

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Maine Public: Maine set ambitious goals for wind power 15 years ago. Why has it come up short?

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Maine Public: Can you get there from here in Maine during wintertime? We put our electric vehicle to the test

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VPR: Thousands of dollars ride on the when Joe's Pond 'ices out'

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PBS NewsHour: WATCH: How student loan debt disproportionately hurts Black borrowers

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Maine Public: Madison company aims to turn pulpwood into insulation, reducing buildings' energy use

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BBC Future: What's the least polluting way to shower? Homemade shampoo

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Maine Public: New Balance says its sneakers will leave zero carbon footprint by 2050

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