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Courtesy Campobello Whale Rescue

PORTLAND, Maine - A worldwide conservation organization says the status of a rare species of whale has worsened to the point where it deserves greater attention from the global environmental community.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

SACO, Maine - State and federal authorities are investigating two cases of vandalism of nesting enclosures that are designed to help rare shorebirds in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

The state’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has signed a revised deal with Central Maine Power to lease a public parcel for the utility’s controversial power line through western Maine. It makes some key changes, but opponents say under the state constitution, the lease still needs to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature.

Mark Fisher / National Geographic

To better understand the forces and effects of climate change, National Geographic funded a mission last year to Mount Everest. The expedition was documented in a special called "Expedition Everest," which will air Tuesday night on the National Geographic Channel. The lead scientist on the expedition was the University of Maine's Paul Mayewski, who heads UMaine's Climate Change Institute.

Caroline Losneck

A nonprofit tech company has released a powerful online tool for analyzing a property’s flood risks now and into the future.

Scattered showers that spread across Maine overnight helped relieve drought conditions in some areas, but not all, weather forecasters say.

National Drought Monitor / National Drought Mitigation Center

Much of Maine is experiencing an unprecedented early summer drought, according to the National Weather Service.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Federal authorities say the carcass of a critically endangered species of whale was found floating off the coast of New Jersey.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Maine wildlife managers said the chicks and eggs of endangered piping plovers have been harmed several times this season, and beachgoers need to be mindful of the rare birds.

CANAAN, N.H. - New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are trying to trap a bear that injured a man in Canaan in what is being called a rare, unprovoked attack.

AP File

A coalition of regional and national conservation groups is filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the recent decision to roll back protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off Cape Cod.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research / via AP, File

An environmental advocacy group is filing a lawsuit in federal court, challenging President Trump’s decision to open nearly 5,000-square-miles of protected ocean to new commercial fishing.

courtesy Conservation Fund

A coalition of land conservation groups is buying and preserving a 15,000-acre tree farm in western Maine that's been in one family for 12 generations.

MACHIAS, Maine - A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Acadia National Park reopened to motorized traffic on Monday. The park’s access road and many of its trails had been open previously for walkers and bicyclists, but this afternoon Park spokesperson Christie Anastasia says she found a handful of visitor cars at the top of Cadillac Mountain.