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This week I’m thinking about climate...

... and with the COP26 conference running this week, the timing is good. (Kevin Miller explained what it means for Maine last week).

The timing is also good to give you, our dedicated readers, a preview about an exciting project coming from Maine Public News.

Starting Monday, Nov. 8, we’ll be launching a new yearlong effort called, “Climate Driven: A Deep Dive into Maine’s response, one county at a time.” I’m including a preview conversation so you can learn more about our newsroom's approach, where we’re planning to go, how we’re going to get there, and how you can follow along. You can also watch a video previewing the series here.

You should also give a listen to Sir David Attenborough’s address to the COP26. Sir David is 95 - and still pushing for reform and conservation with passion. I know many of you have been following him since his “Living Planet” days on PBS… (VHS anyone?)

There was an election in Maine earlier this week and the results of those ballot referendum decisions are clear, but implications are still being sorted out. Our story selection this week will guide you through those results and questions.

Other picks this week include spicy space tacos, a guide to the streets of Port Au Prince, and where it’s forbidden to serve meat.

Stay tuned next week for our ambitious effort,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public's yearlong 'Climate Driven' series looks at each county's response to a warming planet

The United Nations' climate summit, called COP 26, is considered the last, best chance to slash carbon emissions and rapidly transition to clean energy. At Maine Public, we're using the moment to launch a deep dive series on climate change that will involve the entire news team for the next year and beyond. 

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Maine Public: What Mainers' decisive 'yes' vote on Question 1 means for the CMP corridor's future

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Maine Public: Maine voters enshrine 'right to food' in state constitution

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NPR: Astronauts grew green chile in space and made tacos

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NPR: How loss of historical lands makes Native Americans more vulnerable to climate change

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BBC News: COP26 climate change summit: So far, so good-ish

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The World: Meet the trusted guide to Port-au-Prince’s streets

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Maine Public: Workers don't have training for all the open jobs — so businesses are starting to offer it

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Maine Public: Voters pull the plug on Central Maine Power's transmission line

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BBC News: Where it's forbidden to serve meat

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NEXT UP! Our next All Books Considered Book Club selection is "The Lowering Days" by Gregory Brown.


That book club event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Cindy Han.

Pick up a copy at any Sherman’s Coast Book Shops location, BookStacks in Bucksport, Print in Portland, Left Bank Books in Belfast, DDG Booksellers in Farmington, and any Bull Moose location. Not a book club member? It’s fun and totally free! Sign up here.

Shout out to Birchbrook and Bull Moose for their support of the club! 



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