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Changing climate to put further pressure on New England, federal report predicts

Nov 23, 2018

Portland Press Herald: Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the lead author of the report’s “Oceans” section, said the document makes clear that steps must be taken to reduce climate-warming emissions in order to mitigate some of the most severe impacts. The report, Pershing said, is the scientific community’s attempt to ensure the American public and policymakers have a “clear-eyed” understanding of the facts to inform those decisions.

“Except in one area of Alaska, everywhere in the U.S. is going to see a decline in the fishing catch, … and that is going to have a large impact on the state of Maine because fishing is such an important part of the economy,” Pershing said.

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