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A major nor'easter will be coming into Maine overnight, with heavy rain and very high winds, especially along the coast.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine officials are seeking the authority to order companies to clean contamination that arises from chemicals that persist in the environment.

Marissa McMahan / AP

Experts are hoping to learn more about how a species of crab, normally found in the warmer waters of the mid Atlantic and Gulf Coast, wound up in the New Meadows River in west Bath.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

Following research released last month that showed nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in the last 50 years, there’s more dire news out Thursday for North American birds.

Gov. Janet Mills Friday detailed Maine's plan to address climate change at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. She also said she is seeking closer relationships with the nations in attendance.

AUGUSTA, Maine - It's peak season for leaf peeping in Maine, where fall foliage has just about reached its high point of coloration for the fall.

The Maine Forest Service says it has entered into a settlement agreement with a timber harvester over allegations about inadequate water quality protection.

The Penobscot River's Biggest Salmon Return In Eight Years Continues To Grow

Oct 10, 2019
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

The peak of the Atlantic salmon run in the Penobscot River was in June and early July, but fish are still showing up at the Milford Dam fish trap, where they’re being counted by Maine Department of Marine Resources staffers.

An invasive insect pest that can cause significant crop losses for growers of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale has been found in Maine, the last New England state to report Swede midge.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

City councilors in South Portland are committing to speeding up their efforts to curb greenhouse gases after a push by youth climate activists from southern Maine.

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man and three children who were reported to be in the water off the Maine coast.

VAN BUREN, Maine - Peak foliage has arrived in northern Maine, the home of some of the earliest leaf-peeping opportunities in the eastern states.

New Englanders breathed easier in 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday the six-state region experienced fewer days with unhealthy air quality this year, compared to last year.

Maine Forest Service / via Associated Press

Maine officials are urging people working outside to protect themselves from the toxic hairs of the browntail moth caterpillar, which can cause rashes and breathing problems.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine - An environmental group in Down East Maine says it will release thousands of salmon into a river next month as part of an effort to help grow the population of the species.