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The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged climate adaptation

  • Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium

    | December 19, 2019 | Filed under: Program Activities

    The Wells Reserve was well represented at a conference focused on challenges and opportunities for regional resilience in the face of climate change.

  • Local Planners Say: Better Safe Than Sorry

    | December 4, 2018 | Filed under: Program Activities

    In October, representatives from 10 southern Maine beach communities gathered to share their experiences preparing for coastal storms, particularly in the context of rising seas. We report some of what we heard during the half-day program.

  • What the World Needs Now

    | February 4, 2017 | Filed under: Culture

    Weatherization has always been held up as one of the easiest and first solutions to climate change; why not pick that low-hanging fruit?

  • Yet Another Perfect Storm?

    | October 22, 2016 | Filed under: Opinion

    Its too early to tally the full damage from Hurricane Matthew, but I watched closely as four research reserves in our national system took the brunt of the storm.

  • Wells Reserve to Help Beach Businesses Prepare for Storms

    | May 3, 2016 | Filed under: News

    Beach-based businesses, a powerful economic engine for Maine, are generally little prepared for storm surge and coastal flooding. Yet lessons learned from previous disasters underscore how important the recovery of businesses is to the overall recovery of a regions economy.

  • Remembering Katrina, Part II: Could It Happen Here?

    | August 25, 2015

    Picture: Julio Cortez/APMantoloking, New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco?Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 8/30/2015. (Continued from Remembering Katrina, Part I.)

    Ten years ago this week, Category 3 Hurricane Katrina left nearly 2,000 people dead, hundreds of communities uprooted, and more than $100 billion in damage along the Gulf Coast. Adding in Superstorm Sandys devastation in October 2012, just two events swallowed the equivalent of: five months of Medicare spending, or two years of the federal education budget, or four years worth of the Federal Highway Trust Fund, our national gasoline tax-funded infrastructure bank that is now running on empty. So much money, washed out to sea.

  • Remembering Katrina, Part I

    | August 23, 2015

    the Lower Ninth Ward

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco?Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 8/23/2015.

    Perhaps a butterfly flapped its wings in Hong Kong, or perhaps the gods who play dice with the sky rolled double sixes. Whatever the cause, the atmospheric disturbance that formed over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005, would go on to have massive effects.

  • Better Safe Than Sorry

    Wells Reserve Contributor | July 13, 2015

    The Wells Reserve recently hosted coastal communities from Kittery to Scarborough for a workshop titled Tracking Progress - Better Safe than Sorry. The workshop was a combination of presentations and group discussions for participants to discuss how their communities are working to improve their resilience to coastal hazards and extreme weather events in light of climate change. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to identify shared goals and track progress towards these goals.

  • Maines Warmer but Sunnier Future

    | March 29, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    For the past thirty years (and counting), each month has been warmer than its average. We may remember, year to year, locally colder Januarys or cooler Julys, but around the world, our collective thermometers have not seen a dip for 360 straight months. 

  • Snowball Warming

    | February 20, 2015

    going, going, going...

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco?Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/22/2015.

    I learned a new word this year. Subnivean, from the Latin for under (sub) and snow (nives). Its the zone within and underneath the snowpack. Its where weve all been living lately.