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The Maine Public Utilities Commission is creating a half-million dollar pilot program to encourage the buildout of electric vehicle charging stations in Maine. Roughly half the funds will allow the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide rebates of $4,000 for the purchase and installation of 60 publicly accessible charging stations.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine conservation officials are asking residents in the state to take a few steps to cut down the spread of invasive species.

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New acoustic monitors off Maine's coast have detected the presence of North Atlantic right whales this winter. Scientists are trying to gather new data on the endangered animals' whereabouts.

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Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced efforts to bar a class of chemicals used in refrigerators and air conditioning that are a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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A consortium of Maine businesses, the University of Maine and, possibly, the city of Portland could band together to procure a slug of solar energy that could power as many as 40,000 homes.

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Maine’s climate is not only changing due to global temperatures increasing overall, but the rate at which it is changing is speeding up, according to researchers at the University of Maine.

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Maine's top fisheries regulator is telling his federal counterparts the state's lobster fleet deserves more credit for its efforts to reduce the risk of fishing gear entanglements with the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Lyme Disease Found In Nearly 40 Percent Of Maine Deer Ticks Tested In 2019

Feb 11, 2020
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Nearly 40 percent of Maine deer ticks submitted to the University of Maine Tick Lab in 2019 tested positive for Lyme disease, according to the lab’s first tick surveillance annual report. A smaller percentage tested positive for anaplasma and babesia, two other common tick-borne diseases.

JACKMAN, Maine - Maine is accepting applications for one of its most popular fall hunting traditions, the annual moose hunt.

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In response to multiple attacks by foxes over the past several months, the city of Bath is planning to trap and euthanize wild animals over a 10-day period.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain has moved into northern New England, and more snow is expected Friday that could bring anywhere from just a few inches along the coast to up to 20 inches in parts of northern Vermont.

Aroostook County Could Get Up To 18 Inches Of Snow Thursday Into Friday

Feb 6, 2020
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A winter storm could dump more than a foot of snow over much of northern Maine while coating the coast with an icy mix through Friday night.

The federal government is asking vessels to slow down in an area south of Nantucket because approximately one-eighth of the worldwide population of an endangered whale has been spotted nearby.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 50 North Atlantic right whales were seen in the area on Jan. 31. The agency has enacted a voluntary speed restriction until Feb. 15. The Boston Globe reports the government is encouraging mariners not to travel faster than 10 knots.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wildlife managers are trying to keep a neurological disease that affects deer out of the state, and they want to let hunters know what they can do to help.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A South American bird of prey that won the hearts of Maine birders when it made an appearance in the state has been mounted by a taxidermist for display.