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ocean’s fury


When crossing the ocean by ferry this morning to Portland, islanders were talking about how COLD it’s getting. Have we not noticed it’s November already? I’ve got geraniums still in bloom in our window boxes! Something’s not right. Almost a year ago, Superstorm Sandy came and went. Briefly, the topic of climate change came ashore, […]

Sandy’s aftermath


Weeks ago, illustrator Jamie Hogan spotted the headline: “Mainers told to prepare for Frankenstorm” beneath a photo of Jack Sillin, an eleven-year-old from Yarmouth, Maine who writes a weather blog.  She asked on his blog if climate change was a contributor to big storms. He replied: “Well, I think that climate change increased the number […]

Chicago: Green Roofs Make the City Cooler


In summer, cities are hotter than surrounding rural areas because tall buildings and paved streets soak up and hold in the sun’s heat. One way to deal with rising temperatures is to plant gardens on tops of buildings. Here is a slide show of rooftop gardens in the city of Chicago. These green oases […]

Habitats on the Move


As the world grows warmer, plants and animals sometimes have to move to find cooler habitats.  In Arizona, the rare Mt. Graham red squirrel lives in mountain forests above 8,500 feet.  Now climate change threatens its survival. If the climate grows warmer, the forests will change and force the squirrels to adapt or go extinct. […]

Climate Change Before Our Eyes: cool museums for summer exploring


Climate change is happening right now! It is making our oceans warmer and more acidic, increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, changing patterns of wildlife behavior, and more.  You can see how this is happening in dramatic photos and a revolving slide show in a special exhibit at the Nature Research Center in the […]