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Winter ticks wiped out nearly 90% of the moose calves scientists tracked in part of Maine last year

By Kevin Miller and Others Photo: Esta Pratt-Kieley , MainePublic

Maine is home to the largest moose population in the lower 48 states. But in one of the moosiest corners of the state, nearly 90% of the calves tracked by biologists last winter didn’t survive their first year.

05/18/22
                                                               

A Fight Over America’s Energy Future Erupts on the Canadian Border

David Gelles Photo: Renaud Philippe

Hundreds of feet below a remote forest near Hudson Bay, Serge Abergel inspected the spinning turbines at the heart of the biggest subterranean power plant in the world, a massive facility that converts the water of the La Grande River into a current of renewable electricity strong enough to power a midsize city.

05/06/22
                                                               

American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” reports on Maine’s air quality

By WABI News Desk

This year’s “State of the Air” report, released by the American Lung Association, finds Maine still has some of the cleanest air in the country. However, some areas saw mixed progress for some of the most harmful and widespread types of air pollution. Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, and Washington counties all saw improved grades for ozone, while Aroostook saw a worse grade for short-term particle pollution.

04/22/22
                                                               

From record warmth to another snowstorm: this week’s “winter whiplash” could increase with climate change

By Annie Ropeik

On the heels of record-breaking warmth this week, Maine is set for another winter storm with freezing temperatures Friday. It’s an example of “winter weather whiplash,” which scientists believe may be happening more often as New England’s climate gets warmer and more volatile.

02/24/22
                                                               

A Big Climate Warning from One of the Gulf of Maine’s Smallest Marine Creatures

By Derrick Z. Jackson Photo: Gregory Rec

Given the rate at which the waters in the Gulf of Maine are heating up, Mainers may need to swap out the lobsters on their license plates for squid. All of New England could issue new specialty plates featuring creatures threatened by the speed climate change is slamming the gulf: a critically endangered right whale, a cute puffin or a vanishing cod.

02/20/22
                                                               

Getting ready: Efficiency Maine brings home economic benefits, too

By Susan Glick

Maine is a remarkable place with many advantages. The agency Efficiency Maine is one of them. It offers energy-wise information, advice, rebates and/or loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, electric car purchases, and recommendations for appropriate contractors and vendors. Its goals align with the climate goals of the

01/18/22
                                                               

Old Town landfill could turn its gassy emissions into a renewable energy source

By Sawyer Loftus Photo: Linda Coan O'Kresik , BDN

A Pennsylvania company is working to build a facility that would turn the methane released by decomposing trash at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town into pipeline-quality natural gas.

01/14/22
                                                               

Maine utility reaches deal over solar power expansion

By Christian Wade Photo: Robert F Bukaty , AP Photo

Central Maine Power, the state’s largest utility, has reached an agreement with solar power companies over the expansion of the industry in the state.

01/12/22
                                                               
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Climate change could end Maine’s lobster boom, some fear

By Brooks Hays Photo: Christopher Bartlett , Maine Sea Grant

Among the deep underwater valleys off Maine’s craggy, crooked coast crawls one of the must lucrative species in American waters — Homarus americanus, the American lobster.

01/11/22
                                                               

Green building practices in Maine and how they help plan to combat climate change

One element of Maine’s climate action plan is to transform buildings and homes throughout the state so that they are more environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and sustainable. We’ll learn what “green building” entails, and what efforts are happening in Maine to make communities more socially responsible and ready for the future.

01/11/22