Maine Public quotes Fernandez in report on emissions bill

Maine Public quoted Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Maine Professor in the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, in the report “New Bill Aims to Drastically Reduce Maine’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Scientists, activists and others are supporting a bill that would dramatically reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. The proposal is an update to the state’s 2004 climate plan, with a goal of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 — below 1990 levels — and a 100 percent reduction by 2050. “In Maine today we have warming temperatures, shorter winters, less snow, a longer growing season, rising sea levels, the fastest warming oceans on the planet, intensifying storms, an increasing uncertainty and variability in the weather that burdens communities and businesses across Maine,” Fernandez said. “Most of these trends are accelerating.”