The Gulf of Maine region is experiencing more extreme precipitation events, raising concerns about flooding, damage to infrastructure, increased discharges from combined sewer overflows, and greater stormwater runoff impacts (from eutrophication to waterborne diseases). In combination with warmer temperatures, extreme precipitation events can aggravate spread of diseases such as tick-borne illnesses.
In June 2017, the Climate Network hosted an hour-long session with guest speakers and an overview of resources that the Climate Network has developed to help regional communities get access to sound science to aid in decision-making (e.g., the new Extreme Precipitation in Atlantic Canada website, the Climate Dashboard and the Gulf of Maine Region Climate Impacts and Outlook quarterly).
Two guest presenters–Cliff Sinnott, Executive Director of the Rockingham County Planning Commission in New Hampshire, and Rob Capozi, Adaptation Specialist with the New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat, shared innovative approaches that their jurisdictions are taking to address this challenge.
To view the video of this session, click here
Credit: Sherry Godlewski
What’s Climate Change and What’s Just the Weather?
This one-minute animation by Ole Christoffer Haga, produced by Teddy TV for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, clearly and humorously illustrates the difference between long-term climate trends and variable weather patterns.