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For Christmases yet to come, climate change threatens Maine’s beloved evergreens

By Jennifer Mitchell Photo: Jennifer Mitchell , Maine Public Radio

Since the 1800s in Maine, the Christmas tree has been an essential point of light for many in the darkest month of the year. But scientists say that some of the state’s best-loved conifers are under threat, with extreme weather making it difficult for them to grow.


Adapting to a shortening winter, Maine ski areas are increasingly turning to snow making

By Fred Bever Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP File

Winter is losing ground in Maine, and as warming continues it will pose new challenges for the state’s winter recreation economy.


Maine’s sparrows are being wiped out by mercury and climate change

By Sam Schipani Photo: Brian Harris , US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tidal marsh songbird offspring are less likely to survive long enough to leave the nest when the mother bird has high levels of mercury in its blood, according to new research from the University of Maine. Even so, the birds, which have already seen extreme declines over the past two decades, are more sensitive to sea level rise.


$7M solar farm in Caribou will power six commercial customers in Maine

By Associated Press

A $7 million solar farm in Caribou, Maine will power six large commercial customers in the state, following a statewide initiative to develop renewable energy projects in the last three years.


Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.


Clam industry growing as climate change warms Gulf of Maine

By Associated Press

The Bangor Daily News reports northern quahogs are among the state’s fisheries that have seen increased harvest volumes and values over the past decade.


The lobster trap

By Penelope Overton Photo: Brianna Soukup , Portland Press Herald

A hard rain falls all around Johnny McCarthy, beading across the sprawling deck of his brand-new lobster boat, as he steers around the hidden threat of Folly Ledge through an ink-black night and into his home port.


Amid a flood of solar applications, Maine seeks a more targeted approach

By David Thill Photo: Allagash Brewing , Creative Commons

Two years after opening the gates for small-scale renewable development in Maine, officials now have to figure out how to situate new projects in prime spots on the grid.


After Maine voters reject transmission line to Massachusetts, a lawsuit is filed and uncertainty reigns

By Sabrina Shankman Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/associated Press

The day after Maine voters passed a referendum to reject a transmission line that would bring hydroelectric power from Canada to Massachusetts, one of the companies behind the project sued to overturn the vote.

The transmission line, known as the New England Clean Energy Connect, is a key part of Massachusetts’ plans to combat global warming. The hydroelectric power would help slash carbon emissions in the state by half before the end of the decade.


Challenges facing Maine lobster industry are no joke

Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP

Saturday was national lobster day. A day to celebrate the tasty crustacean from … New Hampshire?