People tour the Advanced Structures and Composites Center during a press event at the University of Maine in Orono.

Study: Clean energy to be $1.9B industry in Maine by 2023

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 08, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
ORONO | Maine set an example for other states to follow in its renewable energy investments and growth during the past decade, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “By establishing aggressive goals for clean and efficient energy, Maine is harnessing its renewable resources to …

Study: California drought, high temperatures create worst conditions in 1,200 years

By Reuters on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, California — A combination of record high temperatures and sparse rainfall during California’s three-year drought have produced the worst conditions in 1,200 years, according to a study accepted for publication by the American Geophysical Union. The state has gone through numerous periods of dry weather, with as little or …

Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues

By Chris Arsenault, Reuters on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
ROME — Generating three centimeters of topsoil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday. About a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of …
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D.D. Tyler’s beautiful, affordable fine art prints, posters and note cards have been generously donated to the Georges River Land Trust and are available for purchase.

Generous Donation of Wildlife Art Makes Great Holiday Gifts

By Georges River Land Trust on Dec. 04, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-594-5166; georgesriver.org News from the Georges River Land Trust Georges River Land Trust, Contact: Megan Williams 8 North Main Street, Suite 200 Rockland, ME 04841 …
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College of the Atlantic students are in Lima, Peru, for high-level United Nations-sponsored climate change talks known as COP20.

Maine students push to be heard at Lima climate talks

By Bob Mentzinger on Dec. 03, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE — College of the Atlantic students attending the climate change talks in Lima, Peru, say they are being shut out of key forums. Aneesa Khan, a second-year United World College Scholar from Muscat, Oman, said the youth delegation is given two minutes to speak at the opening …
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Eyes on Owls! Live Owl Show at Maine Audubon

By Michelle Smith on Dec. 02, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, Maine For more information: (207) 781-2330; maineaudubon.org Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson for Maine Audubon’s annual live owl show. Each show includes a hooting lesson, an entertaining slideshow …

At climate talks, UN calls fossil fuels ‘high risk’ investment

By Alister Doyle, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.
LIMA — Falling oil prices show the “high risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming. The Dec. 1-12 meeting in Lima opened with hopes that a U.N. deal to …
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Shop for birch bark wreaths crafted by the Merry Elves.

New Downtown Site & Hours for Merryspring’s Holiday Bazaar

By Merryspring on Nov. 26, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Merryspring’s Holiday Bazaar, 8 Mechanic Street, Camden, Maine For more information: 207-236-2239; merryspring.org One popular event …

Supreme Court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:20 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to the administration, the justices said in a …

New EPA report could be a boon to Maine biomass energy producers

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
LEWISTON | A new analysis by the federal Environmental Protection Agency may be good news for Maine firms that make electricity by burning wood, but some environmental groups are crying foul. The new EPA analysis, issued last week, suggests how the federal government will count greenhouse gas emissions from …

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits central Japan

By Elaine Lies, Reuters on Nov. 22, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
TOKYO — An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, trapping at least five people when their homes collapsed, public broadcaster NHK said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which was felt in the capital Tokyo 110 miles …

Wildlife managers confirm rare sighting of gray wolf at Grand Canyon

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Nov. 22, 2014, at 6:38 a.m.
A canine spotted in and around the north rim of the Grand Canyon has been confirmed to be the first western gray wolf at the national park in Arizona since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, U.S. wildlife managers said on Friday. Last month a park visitor …
An Atlantic salmon at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland.

Federal officials mark 125 years of breeding salmon in Orland

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 22, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
A lot has changed at a site on the eastern shore of Alamoosook Lake since the late 1880s, but there is one thing there that federal officials are determined to preserve: wild Atlantic salmon. The Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife …

Atlantic salmon spawning

By Gabor Degre on Nov. 22, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
The Craig Brook fish hatchery is marking its 125th year of reproducing salmon in Orland. Biologists at the facility are nearly finished with the spawning of salmon for the 2014 season.
The Divest UMaine, a student organization protested that fossil fuel producing companies are included in the University’s endowment portfolio. The students protested in Orono Friday by cleaning up a mock oil spill and asking that the University divest in these companies.

Students call on UMS to drop fossil fuel investments; trustees to start by weighing coal

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ORONO | A group of University of Maine students and activists gathered outside Fogler Library Friday morning demanding that Maine’s public university system divest itself from investments in companies that deal in fossil fuels. Some stood on the steps holding signs decrying the effects dependence on fossil fuels has …

All 50 states feeling freezing temperatures

By Laila Kearney, Reuters on Nov. 18, 2014, at 6:44 p.m.
NEW YORK — Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country, meteorologists said. Some communities in the Northeast declared emergencies because of heavy snow, while Southern states braced for a record chill from the Arctic-born …
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Biologist finds fiddler crabs creeping north

By John Macone Editor, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass. on Nov. 17, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
ROWLEY, Massachusetts — David Johnson was up to his ankles in the gooey mud of a salt marsh creek when he saw a tiny critter hop out of the mud and scuttle off. That would have been the end of it, were it not for one important factor: Johnson is …
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Lift360 Springboard Panel Brainstorms with Downeast Salmon Federation at Machias Savings on December 5

By Elaine Tselikis on Nov. 14, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Portland ME: Executive Director Dwayne Shaw of Downeast Salmon Federation will ask a Lift360 Springboard panel to brainstorm around the question “How do we re-engage elder fish enthusiasts in salmon and watershed recovery?” This session will be held Friday December 5, from 8 – 9:30 am at Machias Savings Bank, …

Reforms bring ‘Fair Food’ label to Florida-grown tomatoes

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Nov. 14, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
TAMPA, Florida — A new “Fair Food” label to help shoppers identify tomatoes grown under ethical working conditions is expected to debut soon at Whole Foods Market, a result of efforts to ensure Florida farmworkers’ rights to water, shade and fair wages. The label, featuring a worker hoisting a brimming …
A federal agency investigated claims there is significant pollution in an area of the harbor adjacent to the GAC chemical factory.

Searsport company’s efforts to test mudflats for contaminants praised

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 14, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
A local environmental group is lauding a decision by GAC Chemical Corp. officials to investigate the pH level of mudflats adjacent to the chemical plant. “We’ve been asking since 1998,” Ron Huber, executive director of the Friends of Penobscot Bay, said Thursday about the site, which he …
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