Environment

 
A woman looks at a roller coaster sitting in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Nov. 28, 2012.

Scientists say the rate of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post on May 23, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
“We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level rise than formerly thought.”
The invasive European green crab population has exploded in Maquoit Bay during the last few years due to warming water temperatures.

A top chef has an answer to Maine’s green crab scourge: Fry them in oil, then dig in

By Beth Brogan on May 23, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
One night, after “foraging the intertidal zone,” Mallett debuted the crabs, deep fried and “a little bit like croutons.”
LINCOLN, Maine -- 05/16/2017 - Chris Palmer Clayton Glidden (right) brings a PVC pipe for a test well in position for Chris Palmer, both of East Coast Exploration and Drilling, in Lincoln Tuesday. The pair are contracted by Poland Springs to dig test wells for the bottling plant Poland Springs might build here. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

How Poland Spring picks where to set up bottling plants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 22, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
A Lincoln bottling plant would likely require 175 million gallons annually.
EDITORIALS

The EPA asked which rules should be repealed. Here’s what Americans said.

on May 20, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
But, a curious thing happened when the EPA asked the public which of the agency’s rules should be eliminated or modified. The resounding answer from thousands of Americans was “none.”
Community

Pink Tulip Festival and Plant Sale

By blackstone on May 19, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
Community

Pink Tulip Festival and Plant Sale

By blackstone on May 19, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
One of the waste rock piles at the former Callahan Mine Corp. site in Brooksville. The company operated at the site from 1968-1972 and studies have determined that contaminants leaching from the piles have been moving into nearby waters.

Mining rule compromise sailing for passage after Maine House vote

By Michael Shepherd on May 18, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
A bill that would allow mining in Maine with strict environmental protections sailed easily through the state House of Representatives on Thursday.
Hosmer Pond sits at the base of the Camden Snow Bowl. As part of a multi-million renovation project at the recreational ski area, the pond was polluted because of excessive excavation. The town intends to pay back the majority of those fines with the proposed project.

Camden plans Hosmer Pond improvements to help pay off $50K fine

By Alex Acquisto on May 18, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The town has agreed to use $52,300 in leftover Snow Bowl bond and reserve funds to help mitigate erosion caused by the town and pay back state Department of Environmental Protection penalties.
A monarch butterfly perches on a flower on Aug. 14, 2016, in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

Love the smell of spring? Here’s where the season’s odors come from.

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post on May 17, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
Though many springtime smells are familiar, what produces the scents of the season might surprise you.
Three 50 milliliter bottles of Fireball Whisky lie on a table with a standard pack of cards.

LePage to Legislature: Place deposit on ‘nips’ and I’ll ban them

By Michael Shepherd on May 16, 2017, at 7:41 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said he’d work to ban the sale of 50-milliliter alcohol containers if the Legislature passes a bill to extend the state’s bottle deposit law to include so-called “nips.”
Community

Solar Energy Information Session in Belfast

By Chuck Piper on May 16, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
Community

DCC Annual Plant Sale

By Holly Byers on May 16, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
Community

Volunteer Shoreline Restoration Day

By Cheri Domina on May 15, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
Community

The Future of Our Forests, Rivers, Lakes, Fields, & Ocean

By Donna Gold on May 14, 2017, at 9:19 p.m.

Judge asks for more information in South Portland pipeline lawsuit

By Jake Bleiberg on May 14, 2017, at 8 a.m.
At stake in the case is South Portland’s so-called Clear Skies ordinance. Passed in 2014, the environmental ordinance bans the bulk loading of crude oil into tankers in the city.
Community

Schoodic Institute invites the public to a presentation by Author Deborah Cramer, Thursday, May 18, 2017

By pmsercinst on May 12, 2017, at 6:01 p.m.
Bald Mountain seen from nearby Carr Pond, in the North Maine Woods 10 miles west of Portage. Earning its name when it was logged in the 1970s, the 1,526-foot mountain holds deposits of copper, gold, silver and other minerals that could be extracted through an open pit mine.

Maine Senate unanimously votes to ban open-pit mining

By Anthony Brino on May 09, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
Act To Protect Maine’s Clean Water and Taxpayers from Mining Pollution passed in the Senate Tuesday morning by a vote of 34-0.
Denali National Park in Alaska.

Alaska’s tundra is filling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, worsening climate change

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post on May 08, 2017, at 5:09 p.m.
As Alaska has warmed up, emissions from once frozen tundra in winter are increasing – presumably because the ground is not refreezing as quickly.
Community

Bill to ban Maine towns from having pesticide ordinances to get 2nd worksession Wednesday

By Friends of Penobscot Bay on May 08, 2017, at 4:42 p.m.
Community
A solar power system installed by Sundog Solar.

Solar Energy Open House in Bar Harbor

By Chuck Piper on May 08, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.