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Northern New England's cold and snowy winter is giving way to an early spring pockmarked with potholes, uneven roads and lots and lots of mud.


State forestry officials are proposing to expand the quarantine against the gypsy moth to all of Maine. 

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In an effort to reduce Maine's carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels, Gov. Janet Mills is ready to offer Mainers a subsidy for buying electric vehicles (EV).

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will meet next month to consider new rules to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

PORTLAND, Maine - Wildlife and transportation officials are moving a nesting platform for endangered peregrine falcons in Maine to protect workers on an Interstate 95 bridge.

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Two weeks after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to study the prevalence of a family of chemicals that pose potential public health risks, environment and health advocates are urging her to do more. They staged their call to action Tuesday at a dairy farm in Arundel, where contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS was discovered two years ago.

Why Maine Is Seeing More Record High Temperatures

Mar 20, 2019
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CUTLER, Maine - Maine game wardens say they rescued two hikers stranded on a trail overnight.

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Hundreds of students from across southern Maine left school early Friday afternoon and called for action on climate change on the steps of Portland's City Hall.

NANTUCKET, Mass.  - The federal government is extending the use of a protected zone off Massachusetts to help rare whales until at least later this month.

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Scientists, activists and people working in Maine's natural resources-based economy are backing a bill designed to dramatically reduce Maine's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.

Sally Kwan

Last Friday, four friends were ice fishing on a back country pond in the Jackman area. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The National Science Foundation is awarding nearly $800,000 to an ocean science center in Maine that studies the warming of the sea and its impact on fisheries.

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State forestry officials say that for the first time, the destructive emerald ash borer has been found in trees in York County.


Maine is launching an urgent effort to assess the state's insect populations.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is undertaking the initiative after new studies showed a steep decline in populations of insects across the globe.