Will the benefits of locally grown food outweigh the energy-intensive processes used by aquafarms?
Maine’s legislature could become first to require divestment of public funds from fossil fuels
The bill has sparked constitutional arguments and a debate over how more than $17 billion of state funds should be invested to best serve the public.
Environmental Notebook: Maine looks to tamp down ‘forever chemicals’ linked to health risks
Proposed legislation would combat PFAS contamination, expand testing and add protections for people who have been affected.
As parasite threatens Maine’s ash trees, regulators weigh how to lessen damage
The U.S. government announced a plan to use wasps to eliminate the emerald ash borer. But Maine officials say restrictions on the movement of potentially infested wood products are still needed.
Proposed federal rules to help endangered whales could cost Maine’s lobster industry $10M
Lobstermen say the rules, which require changes to their gear and number of traps per line, are expensive, dangerous and based on outdated data.
Scientists oppose tax credit that could boost Maine’s wood heat industry
The industry applauds the change, but more than 500 scientists voice concerns to world leaders over its long-term impacts on regulating carbon emissions.
Environmental experts push back on Canadian company’s plans to mine for metal in Maine
Fears from past mining disasters are resurfacing as Wolfden Resources Corporation attempts to rezone land for a metal mine in Penobscot County. The company recently announced plans to also drill in Washington County.
Environmental Notebook: As sea levels rise, so do concerns
As Nor’easter season commences, scientists warn an increase in sea level of 1.5 to 1.6 feet by 2050 would result in the loss of 40 percent of Maine’s beaches.
Environmental Notebook: Organizations, citizen groups continue to fight CMP corridor project
In a week that saw a key permit awarded to the New England Clean Energy Connect project, environmental groups and citizen activists have again ramped up opposition efforts.
The Maine Monitor claims 29 awards at annual Maine Press Association conference
The haul includes 14 first-place awards, including nine in the weekly writing division. Monitor staffers Samantha Hogan and Meg Robbins were among the night’s big winners.
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