A big shift is coming to the Maine lobster population — and it could devastate the local economy

Fishermen used to go out at 5 a.m. and come home at 3 p.m.
But now, Susie Arnold, a researcher at the Island Institute who works with local communities, says that fisherman are beginning to buy larger boats to make longer, even overnight, trips to where the lobsters now live.
And while government climate reports recognize moving lobster fisheries as a potential issue, Maine doesn’t have any solutions in place to help the fisherman.

WINDExchange Summit Participants Learn More about Wind Industry’s Status, Successes, and Challenges

The U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange Summit in Orlando on May 18 provided an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the current status of the wind energy industry. The audience included members of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national lab representatives, Regional Resource Centers, state energy officials, and professional and institutional partners.

Diverse alliance wants state wired for fast Internet

The Maine Broadband Coalition takes a pro-active approach on many bills pending this session in Augusta.
A collection of Maine businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations has formed the Maine Broadband Coalition to help state policy leaders improve the quality and speed of Internet services.

Sea Change: Dirty-fuel divestment a rising moral choice

When Holly Zadra suggested that Pittsfield’s First Universalist Church divest its holdings in fossil-fuel corporations, she recalls that church councilors responded with awkward silence “as if I’d said something impolite.” People naturally resist discussing their complicity in an energy system that is destabilizing the planet.

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

The New York Times reporter Diane Cardwell follows the participants in the CIERA program—the first of many planned collaborative projects between the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic—as they travel from Maine to the island of Samsø, Denmark, which is powered by 100% renewable energy.