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Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

BOSTON - A member of a species of critically endangered whale that is struggling with poor reproduction has been found dead off of Massachusetts.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine is getting more than $23 million to finance clean water projects that are designed to improve local infrastructure such as sewage plants and drinking water systems.

Maine Sea Fog Can Carry Airborne Pathogens, Scientists Find

Aug 29, 2018
Eli Dueker / via BDN

While not the menacing mist Stephen King wrote about in the novella of the same name, researchers sampling fog off Southport have found that the heavy, damp fog that rolls through this midcoast island and elsewhere can carry microbes and pathogens picked up from the Gulf of Maine long distances and could be harmful to those with weak immune systems.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

BANGOR, Maine - About 50 people turned out Tuesday night in Bangor for a discussion on the Trump administration's proposed rollback of car fuel efficiency standards.

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

NEW YORK - The dangerously high heat in the Northeastern United States has prompted emergency measures including extra breaks for players wilting at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Environmentalists: Hike In Bluefin Tuna Quota Could Undermine Conservation Efforts

Aug 29, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - An iconic species of tuna appears to be slowly recovering in the Atlantic Ocean, prompting fishermen to seek bigger commercial catch quotas and environmentalists to call for a more conservative approach.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials are warning that ground-level ozone concentrations along the Maine coast will soon reach dangerous levels, which will make for an unhealthy combination with continued high heat, humidity and air quality.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine bear hunt's getting started with the part of the season in which it's legal to lure bears with doughnuts and other bait foods.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

More than 180 seals have washed onto Maine beaches this month, and most of them have died. Marine mammal rescuers have been scrambling to respond and have been testing the animals to determine the cause. Thursday, federal scientists announced possible clues that could help determine what is causing these deaths.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Before Europeans settled on the East Coast, the Wabanaki tribes had open access to all of Maine's natural resources, from eels to ash, and sweetgrass to salmon. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Wildlife biologists say they expect bear hunters to have more success in the hunting season that begins in a few days because of poor availability of natural foods.

Medicinal Plant Long Thought Extinct In Maine Rediscovered In Bowdoin Field

Aug 20, 2018
Maine Natural Areas Program / via Bangor Daily News

Assertions of the 1960s folk group The Irish Rovers notwithstanding, unicorns are alive and well in Maine.

The unicorn root, that is.

State: Baileyville Mill Has A History Of Wastewater Leaks

Aug 18, 2018
Bill Trotter / BDN

The leak of more than half a million gallons of wastewater last week at a Baileyville mill is the third such leak that has occurred at the mill in the past two years.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - The rules governing Maine's sea urchin harvesting industry will stay mostly the same in the coming season.

Just weeks after the discovery of Eurasian water milfoil in Cobbosseecontee Lake, another state-prohibited invasive aquatic plant has also been found there.