Little changes

I want to change this blog up a bit and make it fun and educational. I would like the blog to become a meeting place for women in STEM as well as a space to learn about climate change.

The posting on this blog is slow and I apologize. I have three part-time jobs and I am taking two classes, but I hope that I will go back to a regular schedule of posting after I graduate college this May.

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The Casco Bay Plan: an estuary partnership

CASCO BAY, Maine — The members of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership are working together through the Casco Bay Plan to protect the natural beauty and resources of Casco Bay from climate change since 2016, according to the Casco Bay Plan 2016 – 2021.

The Casco Bay Plan will help eliminate combined sewer overflows, reduce storm-water pollution, improve urban waterways, keep waters safe for swimming, monitor water quality, and reduce according to the Casco Bay Plan.

In Casco Bay, ocean-related businesses in 2012 provided 9.5 percent of the total jobs in Cumberland County, according to the Casco Bay Plan.

Casco Bay has lost its eelgrass beds due to climate change, according to the Casco Bay Plan 2016 to 2021. Eelgrass beds provide critical habitats for the organisms who live in the estuary as well as provide good water quality.

Casco Bay fisheries and agriculture suffered because of climate change the Casco Bay plan reported.

“Aquaculture operations in Casco Bay are growing in number while once abundant species like cod are increasingly rare,” the Casco Bay Plan said.

Maine experienced a raise in air temperatures, intense rainfall, warming ocean temperatures, acidifying coastal waters, and rising seas, according to the Casco Bay Plan 2016 to 2021.

“A 2013 ‘rapid assessment’ by scientists at two Casco Bay locations found that between one-fifth and one-third of all identified marine species were not natives,” the Casco Bay Plan said.

Confronting tempartures in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — Spring is arriving earlier, according to this report from the state of Maine. The climate in Maine is changing where summers have gotten hotter, and winters “becoming warmer and less snowy”, according to the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

The changing climate in Maine will impact its agriculture. Warmer temperatures create heat stress on “economically important crops,” according to UCS.

Fishing for cod will become harder for Maine’s fishermen. Warming Gulf of Maine will decrease cod stock, according to UCS. Additionally, Atlantic salmon will have many challenges getting upstream due to short-term droughts, the report said.

Recreation in Maine will also take a hit. Maine will no longer have long ski seasons due to climate change in Maine the report said. Snowmobiling will also get cut short as the winter warms up.

Climate change in Maine will also challenge logging and forestry. “Mud season” will last longer making logging difficult, according to the report.

Air quality will decrease and diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks will increase, UCS said.