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Environmental news

Eric Gray / AP

In August, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing a sharp increase in the number of Americans who view climate change as a major threat to the well-being of the country ⁠— from 40 percent in 2013 to 57 percent now. And it is of particular concern to Democratic voters, as reflected by the emergence of climate change as a leading issue in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Humans have been tilling the soil for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, we've mostly been focused on what we take out of it - bushels of wheat, barrels of apples and so on. But as researchers learn more about how soil and its organic components actually work, it's become clear that farming has a role to play in climate change.

PORTLAND, Maine - High numbers of a species of jellyfish that can grow to huge sizes have been sighted in recent months in the Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

All this week, Maine Public - and more than 250 other news outlets all around the world - are reporting stories on climate change as part of the  "Covering Climate Now" project. In Maine, scientists say that climate change means hot summers, warm winters, more rain, and less snow, along with a warming gulf of Maine, and that will affect the state's fisheries, its  economy and traditional ways of life.

Maine Public is participating in an international reporting initiative, #coveringclimatenow, to highlight the effects of climate change in the week leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, in New York City.

Nationwide, Concerns Grow Over Tainted Sewage Sludge Spread On Croplands

Sep 15, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere.

Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

Researchers for the Atlantic Salmon Federation have captured and removed 53 Atlantic salmon from a New Brunswick river after an estimated 1,000 of the farm-raised fish escaped from a Cooke Aquaculture facility near Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine company is promising to install $400,000 in odor-control equipment on petroleum storage tanks in response to neighborhood complaints and a proposed federal consent decree.

Pesticide Criticized In Bee Deaths Could Also Kill Birds

Sep 12, 2019
Margaret Eng/Saskatchewan Toxicology Centre / via Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations.

BOSTON - Commercial fishing of an important species of bait fish is going to be shut down in one of its key areas in New England for about six weeks.

PORTLAND, Maine - A federal program that funds ocean research is going to help establish a push for more scientific work about lobsters in Maine.

Peter Duley / NEFSC/NOAA

PORTLAND, Maine - An arm of the federal government says it's disappointed that a lobster fishing group is pulling its support of a proposal to help endangered whales, but will continue to work with the fishermen.

A salmon conservation group says its researchers have intercepted more than 50 salmon it believes escaped from aquaculture operations near a river close to the border of Canada and Maine.

BOSTON - Federal regulators are cutting back the amount that fishermen can harvest an economically important fish species on the East Coast.

RYE, N.H. - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is going to sign a bill to bar oil and gas drilling from the state's coastal waters.

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