Climate & Health

Maine is one of 10 states and cities recently chosen by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess threats, make plans and develop programs to meet the public health challenges of climate change. The focus of this work is to:

  • conduct health impact assessments to determine the effects of climate change on human health and vulnerable populations;
  • build capacity to develop and implement action plans to prepare for and respond to the health impacts of climate change;
  • and, implement public health adaptations to address health impacts of climate change specific to Maine.

Resources on Climate Change in Maine

Maine’s Climate Future (pdf*)

This report from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute considers past change over geologic time, recent evidence of accelerated rates of change, and the implications of continued climate change in Maine during the 21st century as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and their associated pollutants.

People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine's Course

This report from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection describes findings and recommendations from a climate change stakeholder adaptation process. Representatives from business, agriculture, forestry, marine, health, conservation and transportation groups made up the broad group of stakeholders that participated in the adaptation process.

Climate Action Plan

In June 2003, the Maine State Legislature passed a bill charging the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with developing an action plan with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from state sources. DEP initiated a stakeholder process, seeking input and building consensus on how best to meet the required emissions reductions. DEP submitted a Climate Action Plan for Maine 2004 to the Legislature in December, 2004.