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Beginning Saturday some electric bicycles or e-bikes will be allowed on Acadia National Park's carriage roads where motorized vehicles have been prohibited.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is shutting down recreational cod fishing in a key fishing area off New England for several months.


Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' Climate Council met for the first time Thursday in Hallowell.

Maine environmental regulators are moving forward with a proposal to require manufacturers to divulge use of particular "forever chemicals" in clothing, cookware and other household items.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal plan that could loosen the rules about fishing for one of the most debated species in the ocean has attracted the attention of fishermen and environmentalists, some of whom fear years of conservation work could be undone.

Caroline Losneck / Maine Public/file

A 100-year flood is supposed to be just that: a flood that occurs once every 100 years, or a flood that has a 1% chance of happening every year.

CONCORD, N.H. - The Environmental Protection Agency says that New England has met air quality standards for sulfur dioxide after improvements were seen in parts of New Hampshire.


Greenhouse gas emissions could cause the Earth’s temperature to rise higher than previously estimated and far beyond the targeted limits, according to a study released Tuesday.

Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday that Maine will be carbon neutral by the 2045.

Mills told the international audience that Maine is feeling the effects of climate change and is taking steps to address the problem.

Barbara Cariddi / Maine Public

Maine is now home to dozens of invasive species of plants and insects. These are species that didn’t evolve here, and now they’re threatening plants that did. And that threat extends to the native insects, birds and other living things that depend on those plants.

Throughout history, human beings have demonstrated a seemingly innate desire to leave their mark on the world, with some experts suggesting that the same neurochemistry that drives animals to promote their genes also pushes people to want to leave their trace on the planet.

Is Compost the Secret to Making Ag Climate Friendly?

Sep 22, 2019

It’s no secret that organic farmers believe in compost, but just what role compost plays in soil’s ability to store carbon—and keep it out of the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change—has been less clear.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

From Portland to Norway and Bar Harbor, thousands of teens across Maine left their schools Friday to demand action on climate change.

The broadcasters – often among the most trusted voices in their communities – are connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate science, and shifting public opinion.

Local TV weather forecasters have become foot soldiers in the war against climate misinformation. Over the past decade, a growing number of meteorologists and weathercasters have begun addressing the climate crisis either as part of their weather forecasts, or in separate, independent news reports to help their viewers understand what is happening and why it is important.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The way many young people see it, the effects of climate change will be their burden to bear. Young "climate strikers" in Maine say that's why they're walking out of schools Friday and taking to the streets.