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The University of Maine is launching an initiative designed to help Mainers better understand how the state is affected by Arctic climate.

Chilly enough? The National Weather Service says several cities in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire hit record-low temperatures for Nov. 12-13 as wintry weather arrived early in the region.

Wilson Ring / Associated Press

A wintry mix has swept into northern New England, with hundreds of schools closed or delayed in Vermont due to snow, and slick conditions in New Hampshire and Maine.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The National Weather Service says parts of northern New England could get their first measurable snowfall of the season.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

University of New Hampshire professor and Portland resident Vanessa Levesque says that small municipal decisions can play a significant role in ensuring that towns and cities remain resilient in the face of climate change. Levesque is taking part in the Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium, which focuses on the science of climate change, but she says social factors might be just as important when confronting issues like rising sea levels and warming waters. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - It's almost safe to be a turkey in Maine again. The Pine Tree State's fall wild turkey season ends for the year on Thursday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Maine's Public Utilities Commission has approved a project that will test a floating platform that will hold up to two wind turbines, near Monhegan Island.

The CEO of Canadian energy giant Hydro-Quebec says the company could have done a better job making its case for Central Maine Power's controversial 145-mile transmission line through western Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's governor says President Donald Trump's move to withdraw from an international climate accord should motivate states to take the lead in fighting global warming.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

On the same day that President Donald Trump announced that the United States will officially withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, scientists, government officials and policymakers began meeting in Portland to prepare for climate change.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Scientists from around the world are gathering in Portland this week for the first-ever international symposium on the future of the Gulf of Maine in a climate-changed world.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

OXFORD, Maine - The longest stretch of Maine's annual moose hunt is taking place in some central and western parts of the state.


Maine's lobstermen are getting a look at new rules that will affect their fishery and are designed to protect endangered right whales.

Thousands Still Without Power After Last Week’s Windstorm

Nov 3, 2019
LInda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

About 16,000 homes and businesses in Maine still lacked power on Sunday morning after a heavy windstorm blew across the state late Thursday night into Friday.

A bill designed to protect endangered species that was authored in part by Maine's Republican senator has passed the U.S. Senate.