Groups link Maine winter changes to global warming

Posted Jan. 27, 2010, at 9:22 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — As Maine experiences a January thaw, environmentalists are releasing a report that says the region faces more thin ice, shorter ski seasons and more winter flooding in the years ahead due to global warming.

The National Wildlife Federation report is being released Thursday afternoon in Augusta. Authors see the report as a wake-up call for the northern United States.

They say Maine’s changing climate is causing more “odd ball” weather than ever before, and could mean more victims of thin ice, greater challenges to loggers on unfrozen ground, more winter flooding and shorter seasons and increased costs for the winter recreation industry.