Mayewski cited in Christian Science Monitor story on Maine’s Arctic shipping potential

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, for a story on the increase in Arctic Ocean shipping and the economic opportunities it presents for Maine. Rising temperatures in the Arctic, due to climate change, have led to a steady loss of summer sea ice, making waters more navigable for large cargo ships. Maine, Mayewski told the Monitor, has an opportunity to pursue economic development in an environmentally sensible way, as the state looks to become an arrival and departure destination for ships sailing these increasingly accessible Arctic sea routes. “Maine is not a powerful state, but we are a very environmentally minded state,” Mayewski said. “We have the opportunity to create a positive example.”