Mayewski interview “Maine on the Climate World Stage” featured in Maine International trade Center Newsletter

Maine on the Climate Change World Stage

From record-breaking heatwaves, deadly flash flooding, and devastating wildfires, the daily news headlines send warnings that climate change is affecting every region across the globe. While the most devastating impacts of these weather extremes are felt locally in a particular city, region, or country, the climate change crisis knows no borders and will require global solutions.

For this issue, we were fortunate to speak with two local leaders of world-renowned research institutions making significant contributions to climate science:  Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and Deborah Bronk, President/CEO and Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

We also take a retrospective look at Maine’s growing role in the Arctic. A new report from the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), an independent, international group of experts from a range of climate-related disciplines, says the Arctic is “ground zero” for cascading climate impacts across the planet.


Eyes Wide Open on Climate Change

Internationally acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist, and polar explorer, Paul Mayewski says that climate change will present businesses with both challenges and opportunities. All companies should be factoring climate change into their business plans now.

Mayewski, who is a Distinguished Maine Professor and Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, believes that with the growing awareness about climate change we can learn to adapt.

“We need to be optimistic, but we need to be eyes wide open about what is out there and what the challenges are.”