Sea Change: Glacial melt and Maine’s rising sea level

Sea Change: Glacial melt and Maine’s rising sea level

Corks. Plugs. Floodgates. The metaphors used to characterize two glaciers at the edge of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) – Thwaites and Pine Island – are tame relative to the scale of these vast ice rivers.  Thwaites glacier, spanning an area more than twice the...
Sea Change: A steep climb

Sea Change: A steep climb

On the road to all-renewable power, Maine is moving like a car near the base of a long, snowy hill. It’s accelerating now, knowing it may lose momentum and traction in the ascent. One icy patch that could slow its progress is the recent congressional decision not to...
Sea Change: Holding the heat

Sea Change: Holding the heat

Winter’s descent returns us to a primordial quest, trying to hold heat – that eternal escape artist – within our homes.  In Maine, nearly two-thirds of households depend on heating oil, more than in any other state. Energy expenditures represent 9 percent of the...
Leading the charge

Leading the charge

Our family just joined the one percent in Maine: not the wealthy elite, but the select few who own plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles (EVs). Now we’re wondering how to invite others along. Since we installed solar panels two years ago, I assumed that our next...