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Right Whale Research / Center for Coastal Studies/via Associated Press

Federal scientists are adjusting their estimate of how many endangered North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet down to 366 as of Jan. 2019. That’s a loss of 46 whales since the previous January.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the ND Paper Mill in Old Town violated state and federal laws when it spilled more than 30,000 gallons of pulping chemicals into the Penobscot River earlier this month.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press file

For the first time in four decades, marine scientists were unable to find any North Atlantic right whales in the Bay of Fundy this year.

Leslie J. Mehroff / University of Connecticut/Bugwood.org

The Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry is urging landowners and nursery professionals to check for an aggressive, invasive plant that’s only recently been confirmed in Maine.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public file

The body of a young male hiker was found at the summit of Mount Katahdin around 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Lewiston Police Department says a rabid bat was found in a home in the Montello-Sherbrook-Kensington Terrace area last weekend.

Conservation Success Or Pests? Seals Spark Passionate Debate

Oct 5, 2020
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The increasing number of seals off New England waters has set off a debate over whether there are just too many of these resilient mammals.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Members of the Penobscot Nation say a landfill is dumping waste into the Penobscot River.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

The effects of yesterday's winds are still being felt by some this morning. More than 120,000 customers lost service around the state Wednesday, and early Thursday morning about 35,000 have yet to get it back.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

More than 80,000 homes and businesses in Maine are without power, and the numbers aren’t expected to drop soon.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Agriculture authorities in Maine say the eggs of an invasive insect that has the ability to harm crops have been located in the state.

U.S. Geological Survey

2020 has been a very dry year. You might have noticed that your garden needs watering more than usual this summer — we've even been hearing of people watering their grass. And that's not something you see a lot of in Maine.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public File 2019

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District, has joined 84 U.S. House members in opposing the appointment of a longtime climate denier to a top post at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Environment Canada is warning residents of Atlantic Canada to be wary of a one-two punch from hurricane Teddy.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Almost 60% of Maine is in a "severe drought" stage now.