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BAR HARBOR, Maine - A coastal Maine town wants the cruise ship industry to fund local air quality monitoring.

ORONO, Maine - Nature lovers who encounter fluttering butterflies might also be able to contribute to research about the colorful insects.

Springworks Farm

Maine’s growing season is relatively short, but a group of young farmers has found a way to extend the season with the help of some unlikely farm-hands — fish.

Aquaponics takes place inside greenhouses, where beds of produce grow on top of fish tanks. In Maine, aquaponics pioneers believe the industry could provide sustainable, year-round jobs for a new generation of farmers.

Lara Eakins / Creative Commons

If you feel as though Maine's summer season has lasted longer in recent years, you're not wrong — at least according to Maine state climatologist Sean Birkel.

David Coffin

The first tornado of Maine's very limited tornado season hit Washington County on Monday, knocking down more than 100 trees.

J. David Ake / Associated Press/file

Maine’s attorney general has joined more than two dozen states and local governments in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its plan to roll back clean air protections.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Angry Maine lobstermen are telling federal fisheries managers they want definitive proof that their gear is entangling endangered North Atlantic right whales. Until then, they say, the feds should back off from proposed rules that could force them to modify their gear and remove half their rope from the water.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's window for deer hunters to apply for a permit is closing this week.

The Trump administration has announced new changes for the Endangered Species Act that environmentalists say will significantly weaken protections for some of the most imperiled species of plants and wildlife.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A utility in northern Maine will need to find a new way of disposing of wastewater sludge after tests revealed soil from fields used to spread the sludge are higher than the state threshold for a class of chemicals.

Lifeguards are getting a reprieve now that the surf is calming down this weekend in Maine. At Old Orchard Beach, lifeguards rescued 18 swimmers in a single day on Friday.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Dozens of ducklings have made a bid to create the world's cutest traffic jam in a Maine city.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

PORTLAND, Maine - Endangered piping plovers have fledged 165 chicks so far this summer for a new record in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Climate change is triggering more and more surprise variations in temperatures in the world’s oceans, including off Maine, and those spikes are changing ecosystems in ways that looking at the past wouldn’t predict.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

For the past several years, including this one, endangered North Atlantic right whales appear to have been bypassing traditional feeding grounds off Maine’s coast, congregating instead off Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where some are dying.