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Development of Citizen Science Programs and Evaluation of Outcomes

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 14, 2014, at 8:55 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: 107 Norman Smith Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207/581-3244; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/ Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions – Fall 2014 Seminar Series Rebecca Jordon, Rutgers University Development of Citizen Science Programs and Evaluation of Outcomes Co-sponsors: Mitchell Center …
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Unity College to Send Contingent to Largest Climate March in History

By Mark Tardif on Sept. 12, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
Unity, Maine – September, 2014 – A contingent from the first institution of higher education in America to divest from investments in fossil fuels will be noteworthy participants in the largest climate march in history. At the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City, Unity College faculty, …
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NRCM Rising, a new way for people in their 20s and 30s who love Maine’s environment to meet up, will launch in Bangor Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Paddy Murphy's Pub.  FMI  http://nrcm.kintera.org/RisingBangor .

New NRCM group targets involvement by people in 20s and 30s

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Please join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for the launch of “NRCM Rising,” a fun way for Mainers in their 20s and 30s to meet-up, connect, and get involved with issues facing our air, land, water, and wildlife. NRCM Rising kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, …
A Canada lynx is shown in this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service handout photo. The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said September 11, 2014 it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.

Wildlife activists say new lynx protections fall short

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
DENVER — The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and they vowed to challenge the move in court. Thickly furred lynx roam through high …
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Climate Crisis Denial Continues, Psychological Factors Explain Avoidance

By Mark Tardif on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
Unity, Maine – September, 2014 – Despite overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the existence of human caused climate change, some still vehemently deny its existence. In 2013, a Pew study that was cited by national media revealed that only 1 in 4 Americans see global warming as a threat. The reasons …
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Unity College President Stephen Mulkey

Unity College President Delivers Stirring Convocation Address, Frames Climate Change as Central Issue

By Mark Tardif on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
Unity, Maine – September, 2014 – It is not too late to salvage a livable planet. “Because environmental change will be the dominant theme of the coming decades, I believe that this century will come to be known as the Environmental Century,” Unity College President Stephen Mulkey told incoming students …
Two white-tailed deer pause at the edge of the woods on March 8, 2013, beside Indian Point Road, less than 0.5 mile from the entrance to Indian Point Blagden Preserve on Mount Desert Island.

Islesboro considers hiring sharpshooter to cull deer, reduce Lyme disease risk

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 11, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
The island of Islesboro has long been known for its booming deer population, making it a popular place for hunters. But in recent years, residents have become concerned that the high number of deer — more specifically, the ticks the deer carry — are the cause for a spike in …
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Dr. MItchell Thomashow

Mitchell Thomashow Book Discussion and Signing Slated for UCCPA on Tuesday, October 7

By Mark Tardif on Sept. 10, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
Unity, Maine – September, 2014 – Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, former president of Unity College, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA). The event will be held on Tuesday, October 7 beginning …
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Planning tool to help emergency groups to prepare for hurricanes

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning is making available a valuable planning tool to assist local, regional and state emergency management officials in preparing for hurricanes. The Bureau’s Maine Geological Survey, with funding from the Maine Floodplain …
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Pollock and herring swim past newly discovered Primnoa coral in the Schoodic Ridges area of the Gulf of Maine earlier this summer.

Researchers discover ‘spectacular’ coral formations in the Gulf of Maine

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Long known as a place rich in seafood, the Gulf of Maine also is home to “spectacular” formations of deep sea corals, scientists have discovered. Researchers using a remotely controlled submersible vehicle this summer found “dense hanging gardens” of coral in the Schoodic Ridges region of the …

Scientists discover coral formations in the Gulf of Maine

on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Scientists with University of Maine, University of Connecticut and the federal Northeast Fisheries Science Center found large colonies of deep water coral in the Gulf of Maine this summer as part of a planned three-year coral research project off the Northeast coast.
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Rep. Victoria Kornfield (D-Bangor)

Rep. Kornfield earns near-perfect rating on environmental scorecard

By Ann Kim on Sept. 10, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA – Rep. Victoria Kornfield, D-Bangor, received a near-perfect rating for the 126th Legislature from Maine Conservation Voters. “Our well-being and our prosperity rely on the health of our environment and natural resources,” said Kornfield. “Our steadfast stewardship will ensure that our children and grandchildren benefit from them.” The statewide …

UN climate agency: Carbon dioxide levels growing at alarming rate

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
Carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere reached a record high last year and grew at the fastest rate in 30 years, the United Nations’ climate agency reported Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization’s latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin “injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and …
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An Evening with John Bunker

By Michelle Smith on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME For more information: 207-781-2330; maineaudubon.org Friday, October 3, 7 to 9 pm Join apple tree expert, John Bunker, for a discussion on the history of apple trees in Maine and …
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27th Annual Apple Day Celebration

By Michelle Smith on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME For more information: 207-781-2330; maineaudubon.org/appleday Saturday, October 4, 10 am to 2 pm Gilsland Farm Audubon Center Falmouth, Maine Free for members. $7.00/person for non-members Children under 2 are free. …
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Sierra Club Maine Announces 2014 Award Winners

By Glen Brand on Sept. 09, 2014, at 9:47 a.m.
September 9, 2014 Sierra Club Maine Announces 2014 Award Winners PORTLAND—The Sierra Club Maine Chapter honored the following business leaders, elected representatives, reporters, and activists at its 2014 annual award dinner last Friday. State Representative Mick Devin (Newcastle) received the Public Service for the Environment Award for his leadership to …
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Senator George J. Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207/581-3244; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/home/news/mitchell-lecture/ “Mobilizing knowledge to shape a sustainable future” Keynote speaker: William Clark Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government With remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell This event …

Maine environmental agency OKs permit for state’s largest wind farm in Bingham

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | A subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind gained final approval Monday to build the largest wind farm yet approved by state regulators. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was expected to grant the permit for the company’s proposed wind farm in Bingham after it issued a draft order …
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Upcoming events–Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

By Beverly Roxby on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
  Monthly program: BELFAST – The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will sponsor a program on the environmental history of the Gulf of Maine from its early settlement to the present at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Belfast Free Library. Professor Bill Leavenworth, a local scholar and sailing vessel worker, will …
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Mid-Coast Planning Workshops: Maine Lodging Trends and Ocean Acidification Effects

By MCRPC1 on Sept. 08, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, Maine For more information: 594-2299; midcoastplanning.org 6:00-7:00 PM Buffet Dinner 7:00-8:30 PM Topics and Speakers: – Maine’s hotels, inns and B&B’s current conditions and the impact of unregulated accommodations (Airbnb) considered: business, state and …
 
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