The week three it i have early thoughts on easter coming up. Steve: global warming is here and now. Those words from a citizen’s group which touted a new scientific study that they claim proves their point. Now they want to know what are we going to do about it. Wmtw news 8’s jim keithley is live along portland waterfront with more on this. Jim: they call themselves environment maine. They looked at climate patterns over a number of generations and say the state pier could be underwater it’s something is not done to curb carbon emissions. Climate change is no longer a future threat. It is impacting us now. Jim: environment maine, a group 20,000 strong, says mainers need a wake-up call. They point to a study that claims the water level in casco bay rose five inches during 2009 and 2010.
The study says severe storms are more frequent. The group unveiled a study on the state pier, an area they could they say could be underwater if something is not done. We need to build a stronger and healthier future for the next generation of mainers. Jim: the report examined climate data on temperature, rainfall, and sea levels in the last 40 years. Compiled by noaa, the geological survey, the federal government, and the climate institute. There is a strong scientific consensus around global warming. And all the things that go along with that, including sealevel rise. That is pretty well-established. The real challenge is that those effects happen so gradually it is hard for any of us to really experience it. Jim: and he is the chief scientist on the portland waterfront, where similar studies are being conducted. He says gauging the future is difficult.
We are making choices about when we choose to drive, how to heat our homes. All those things are making choices about how much carbon goes into the atmosphere. Which will have an effect 30 years down the road. The warming we experience is really caused by the co2 in the atmosphere 30 years ago. It has taken this long for the system to adjust. Jim: our research into that data , the same source used in the environment maine report is right here. You can see the spike in water levels. What they do not show in the report is what has happened in the years up until now. Water levels have receded to levels in the 1970’s. Regardless of the statistics, environment maine is calling for action, saying something we need.