Environment

 
Lolita the Killer Whale is seen between shows at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami Jan. 21.  In the coming days the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will decide whether to list Lolita as endangered, clearing the way for groups to pressure the aquarium to retire her from performing and send her back to the waters off Washington state where they will try to reunite her with her family.

Washington state mulls ban on capture of killer whales for entertainment

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Feb. 05, 2015, at 10:01 p.m.
Washington state senators held a hearing on Thursday to consider banning the increasingly controversial capture or holding of killer whales for entertainment. More than half of the approximately 455 orcas taken for captivity originated in Washington state but the practice has come under more scrutiny following the 2013 documentary, “Blackfish,” …
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Representatives of more than 50 environmental organizations will meet job seekers at Unity College on Feb. 10. Details at www.unity.edu

Environmental career fair will draw more than 50 employers to Unity

By Bob Mentzinger on Feb. 04, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Unity College Tozier Auditorium, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, Maine For more information: (207) 509-7213; unity.edu Unity College to Host Maine’s Largest Environmental Career Fair UNITY, Maine — An annual tradition of connecting employers with job seekers looking for work …
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Spatial and Temporal analysis of Beach and Shellfish Bed Water Quality Data

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Feb. 04, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: George J. Mitchell Center Norman Smith Hall Room 107, 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono , Maine For more information: 207-581-3244 ; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/seminar-kate-beard-tisdale/ Spatial and Temporal analysis of Beach and Shellfish Bed Water Quality Data Sponsored by the Mitchell Center and …
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Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Problem Solving: A Design for Learning and Adaptation at SESYNC

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Feb. 04, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
Monday, April 20, 2015 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: George J. Mitchell Center Norman Smith Hall , 5710 Norman Smith Hall University of Maine , Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-3244 ; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/seminar-jonathan-kramer-2/ Jonathan Kramer, SESYNC This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
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The Science of When Science Doesn’t Matter (and what to do about it)

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Feb. 04, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: George J. Mitchell Center Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine Norman Smith Hall , Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-3244 ; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/seminar-john-hagen/ John M. Hagan, President, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Why does society make such painfully slow …
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Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption: Research, Policy and Practice

By Senator George J. Mitchell Center on Feb. 04, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: George J. Mitchell Center Norman Smith Hall , University of Maine Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-3244 ; umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/event/seminar-cindy-isenhour/ A significant body of research suggests that production efficiencies are unlikely to result in environmental improvements …
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Climate Change and the Future of Plant Life symposium

Climate Change and the Future of Plant Life symposium

By Jessica Nugent on Feb. 04, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Microsoft R&D Center, Horace Mann Room, , 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA For more information: 508-877-7630 *3303; newenglandwild.org/sym How will plants respond to the predicted changes in temperature and precipitation from a warming climate? Five noted botanists and ecologists will …
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Film ‘Growing Local’ to be shown at Center Theatre

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 03, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Center Theatre, 20 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, Maine For more information: centertheatre.org DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The film “Growing Local” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Center Theatre, 20 East Main St. There also will be an …
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Friends of Penobscot Bay meet Wed 2/4/15 at Belfast library: topics Grimmel scrap plan, Rockweed deforestation threat. Penobscot Baykeeper

By Friends of Penobscot Bay on Feb. 03, 2015, at 2:31 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Belfast Free Library, 016 High Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: 593-2744; penbay.net Are you a friend of Penobscot Bay? Do you fish, study, paddle beachcomb dive or sail Maine’s biggest bay? Want it to be as healthy and productive …

California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on Feb. 02, 2015, at 8:08 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further …
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Peter Jumars (center), director of the school of marine sciences at the University of Maine, talks about an observation buoy at the future site of an offshore wind energy test turbine about two miles south of Monhegan Island during a tour of the area in this 2011 BDN file photo. At left is Dr. Christopher Hart of the U.S. Department of Energy and at right is Peter Browne of HDR Engineering.

UMaine leads in marine sciences. Why wouldn’t it continue to lead it for UMaine System?

By Peter A. Jumars on Feb. 01, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
The BDN in a Jan. 26 article described restructuring of the University of Maine System planned by Chancellor James Page and the UMS Board of Trustees. The basic idea is individualization of the seven campuses and elimination of redundancy. Maine’s rich cultural and economic heritages rest heavily on marine resources, …
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Maine is a leader in confronting climate change in the High North

By Paul Mayewski and Darryl W. Lyon on Feb. 01, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
The climate in the High North is changing, and so are its economic opportunities and geopolitical concerns. This change is significant for Maine. It is change that demands leadership, and Maine is answering the call in important and impressive ways. The explanations as to “why” it makes sense for Maine …

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was …

Kennebunk fined for violating environmental law during road work last fall

By Donna Buttarazzi, York County Coast Star on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
Work done by the Kennebunk Public Works Department to pave and improve the shoulder on Great Hill Road last fall violated Maine’s Erosion and Sedimentation Control Law, resulting in a $3,450 fine from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The work disturbed a frontal sand dune — …
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HOPE Festival organizational table applications available

on Jan. 28, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The 21st annual HOPE Festival will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center at University of Maine in Orono. The festival is free and is held to celebrate the Earth and our connections to each other.  More than 60 organizations will share …
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Off-the-Beaten-Path at Walden-Parke Preserve

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 28, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Come join the Bangor Land Trust at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, to explore some of the lesser known trails of Walden-Parke Preserve. Bring your snowshoes or cross country skis and an adventurous spirit for some fun winter exploring. Participants will be looking for signs of animals and …
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Invasive Forest Insect Training in Greenville to be presented by Maine DACF

By Joanna Tarrazi on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8:57 a.m.
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) will host representatives from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Maine DACF) as they conduct an Invasive Forest Insect Outreach Volunteer Training at the Greenville Town Office on Wednesday, February 11th from 10AM-2:30PM. The focus of this free workshop …
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HOPE Festival Organizational Table Applications Available

By Ilze Petersons on Jan. 27, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: New Balance Student Recreation and Fitness Center University of Maine, Hilltop Road, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-942-9343; peacectr.org 21st annual HOPE Festival! Saturday, April 25th, 11am – 3pm Student Recreation and Fitness Center University of Maine, Orono People come …
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Snowy Owl in Brooksville, taken by Leslie Clapp

Film: Magic of the Snowy Owl

By Downeast Audubon on Jan. 25, 2015, at 1:09 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, Maine For more information: 207-664-4400; downeastaudubon.org It’s Friday night movie night! Downeast Audubon will be showing the PBS “Nature” film, “Magic of the Snowy Owl,” at the Blue Hill Public …
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Dr. Robin Hadlock-Seeley

Rockweed! Top algae researcher/ activist to describe future of this irreplaceable live habitat. February 4th Belfast Free Library 6pm

By Friends of Penobscot Bay on Jan. 24, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast,, Maine For more information: 207-593-2744; rockweedcoalition.org/ Rockweed researcher Robin Hadlock Seeley to speak February 4th, 6pm, at the Belfast Free Library, 3rd floor meeting room. Free & open to all. BELFAST. Every low …
 
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