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State Attorneys General Are Fighting To Keep Environmental Laws
Maine Public - Saturday, September 21, 2019 

The Trump Administration has been active with efforts to roll back parts of federal clean air laws, which govern everything from coal-fired electric plants to motor vehicle emissions. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says that since his election, the president has been trying to reverse years of efforts to address climate change. “The Trump Administration wants emissions from vehicles to be worse,” he says. “They want coal plants to put out more toxin.” Frey says that’s why Maine will join an effort to preserve provisions of the Clean Car Rule.
Letter: Fighting for the future
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 21, 2019 

A September 20 global climate strike was organized by youth to raise awareness of the impending climate crisis. A week of climate action is occurring from September 20 to 27 to show that the people of the world are concerned that their political leaders are not acting quickly enough. Earlier this year, millions of children went on strike for a day from East Machias to India. It is time that adults join them. ~ Mark Brown, Marshfield
Letter: Take small steps on your own time to fight climate change
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Advice to the conscientious students who chose to skip school to attend an environmental protest. Change starts with personal responsibility. If you genuinely want to influence people, then you’ll need to put some skin in the game. Yelling and chanting don’t cut it. Show us by the way you choose to live daily, by the choices you make and enjoy life! Most importantly, treat people with kindness and respect – especially those whom you may disagree with. ~ Ted Bennett Scarborough
What Rising Temperatures In The Gulf Of Maine Mean For The State’s Lobster Industry
Maine Public - Friday, September 20, 2019 

The Gulf of Maine is known for lobsters, which form the foundation of an industry critical to the state’s economy. Due to climate change, the waters off southern New England have become too warm for the temperature-sensitive crustaceans, leaving Maine as the “sweet spot” for fishing them. But the Gulf’s own rising temperatures mean the lobster boom may not last forever.
As The Gulf Of Maine Warms, Lobstermen Explore Different Fisheries
Maine Public - Friday, September 20, 2019 

In 30 years, the Gulf of Maine will have been transformed by climate change. Its waters will inexorably grow warmer, and the species that flourish there will be those that can adapt. The same might be said for the Mainers who make their living from the sea. The future of the state's marine economy may well belong to those who can adapt.
New report shows outdoor fun is serious business for Maine’s economy
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Boating, hunting, camping, skiing and dozens more outdoor pursuits contributed about $2.9 billion to Maine’s $64 billion economy in 2017, almost 5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, according to state-level data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And the GDP impact of outdoor recreation in Maine is more than twice the national average. About 6.4 percent of the state’s employed workforce is in outdoor recreation,, tying Maine with Alaska for the third-largest proportion of its labor force employed in the sector.
Thousands Of Students Gather Across Maine To Demand Action On Climate Change
Maine Public - Friday, September 20, 2019 

From Portland to Norway and Bar Harbor, thousands of teens across Maine left their schools Friday to demand action on climate change. The "climate strikes" were a few of the hundreds planned around the world in advance of a United Nations summit in New York next week. The strikers believe that despite the inaction of the current federal administration, their collective voice can affect change. It's unclear what sort of short-term effect these strikes will have in the current U.S. political climate, where the Trump administration has proposed rolling back environmental regulations.
Central Maine college students join worldwide climate change strike
Morning Sentinel - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Hundreds of citizens around Central Maine walked away from work, school and prior commitments on Friday to participate in the worldwide call for climate action dubbed the Global Climate Strike. Colby College in Waterville and Unity College in Unity held marches and rallies early in the day to demand immediate action on climate change along with the more than 1,000 demonstrations that took place across the U.S. and the globe. Jamila Bargach, an activist and scholar who is the 2019 Oak Human Rights Fellow for Colby College, looked into the crowd of attendees and shared sentiments of hope. “This is what democracy looks like. Finally, we’ve all come together to demand change…Our voices will be heard.” Brach said.
Mills names members of new Maine council on climate change
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills announced the membership Thursday of the Maine Climate Council. Developing strategies, policies and legislative recommendations for pursuing those goals will be a key part of the council’s work as it develops its first report for the Legislature, due in December 2020. The council or its subcommittees and working groups were also charged with assessing the impacts of a changing climate on the state’s economy and natural resource-based industries as well as to help coastal communities prepare for sea level rise, larger storm surges and other changes.
Paddlers portage their canoe around Head of Falls
Morning Sentinel - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Gina “Beatleguise” Hartford and Mike “Second Wind” Lynch had put some days in on the Kennebec River when they reached Waterville and faced the cataract at Head of Falls on Wednesday. Having started their paddle in Madison, they had been on the water for nearly a week. Reaching the approach to Head of Falls, they pulled their canoe from the waters and wheeled it down Front Street to Water Street and the parking lot at the Hathaway Creative Center where they put back in below the power station, Hartford paddling from the stern and Lynch hoisting a makeshift sail as they struck out for Dresden.
Maine joins lawsuit over auto emissions standards
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Maine has joined a lawsuit to protect the ability of states to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government. As part of its effort to loosen environmental regulations, the Trump administration recently revoked a special waiver that has for years allowed California to set its own emission standards. The stricter car pollution rules there have been adopted by 13 other states, including Maine. In response, a coalition of states and cities has filed the lawsuit to protect those standards, and Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced Friday that he had joined the case.
Maine AG Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration's Attempt to Trample States Authority to Maintain Longstanding Clean Car Standards
Maine Government News - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Attorney General Aaron M. Frey today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general, the cities of Los Angeles and New York, and the California Air Resources Board, in filing a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The lawsuit challenges the Trump Administration's regulation designed to preempt California's greenhouse gas emissions and Zero-Emission Vehicle standards. These standards - authorized in 2013 by a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency and followed in part or whole by 13 other states, including Maine - are a key part of state efforts to protect public health and the environment. In the lawsuit, the coalition asserts that this Preemption Rule is unlawful and should be vacated.
Gov. Mills to address United Nations on Maine’s climate change efforts
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills will speak before the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday about Maine’s efforts to respond to climate change, becoming the first sitting Maine governor to address the international body. Mills’s remarks will take place amid the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.
Crowd of 2,000 in Portland joins worldwide call for action at student-led ‘climate strike’
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Hundreds of students gathered outside of Portland City Hall on Friday to demand more aggressive action to combat climate change and urge local leaders to commit to “a bold set of policies.” The student-led rally, which also drew sizable numbers of adult activists, is part of an international movement — largely spearheaded by young people — aimed at pressuring elected officials and world leaders to act more decisively on climate change. “Climate strikes” were also planned for Bangor, Bar Harbor, Farmington, Machias and Norway on Friday and follow similar events held throughout the state in March.
Young protesters around globe demand action on climate change
Associated Press - Friday, September 20, 2019 

From Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to Berlin and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of young people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second “Global Climate Strike,” following a similar event in March that drew large crowds.
Column: Traveling at Woodward Point Preserve
Times Record - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Shoreline Maine is, of course rife with points, land poking out into waters both serene and ruffled. Woodward Point Preserve is unusual in that for decades it was an 80+ acre working, saltwater farm. Once common along Maine’s coast, saltwater farms and their land opening down to the sea are rare these days, especially in southern/midcoast Maine. Last spring, under the leadership of two Brunswick-based conservation organizations, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, saw the completion of this ambitious, multi-year effort to purchase the farm on Woodward Point. ~ Sandy Stott
Islesboro Conference sparks community energy thinking
Republican Journal - Friday, September 20, 2019 

The Islesboro Energy Team's fifth annual Islesboro Energy Conference Sept. 7 drew a broad range of presenters and guests from Islesboro and across Maine to exchange ideas that explored this year's conference theme, "Developing Community Energy." Toby Martin of the Islesboro Energy Team said, "We need to rethink what we mean by energy, redefine it, and then become individual activists for the changes we each need to make in our daily lives, take responsibility for the things we can control, and become examples for others who are looking for answers and direction."
Leaves start to turn in northern Maine as leaf-peeping nears
Associated Press - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Summer doesn’t officially end for a few more days, but some leaves are already beginning to turn in far northern Maine. The Maine Office of Tourism says the far north is showing less than 30 percent color change and less than 10 percent leaf drop, so there’s still a long way to go before fall is in full swing. The office says the north usually reaches peak conditions during the last week of September and the first week of October.
3 charged with breaking herring fishing laws in Maine
Associated Press - Friday, September 20, 2019 

The Maine Marine Patrol says it has cited three men for violating laws designed to protect an economically important species of fish. The laws protect Atlantic herring, a bait fish that has been the subject of deep fishing quota cuts in recent years. The marine patrol says it has charged fishing boat captain Glenn Robbins of Eliot with exceeding the weekly limit of 160,000 pounds of herring and failing to file accurate reports. The patrol also cited boat operator Ethan Chase of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and dealer Dustin Reed of New Moon Fisheries in Friendship, Maine.
Mills: Maine Is 'Making Up For Lost Time' In Dealing With Climate Change
Maine Public - Friday, September 20, 2019 

The Conservation Law Foundation says Maine Gov. Janet Mills "walks the walk" when it comes to climate change. Recently she slammed the Trump administration's move to restrict states' ability to regulate their own air quality. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spoke with Mills about what steps she's taken - beyond creating a climate council - to deal with climate change in Maine.
Mills: Maine Is 'Making Up For Lost Time' In Dealing With Climate Change
Maine Public - Friday, September 20, 2019 

The Conservation Law Foundation says Maine Gov. Janet Mills "walks the walk" when it comes to climate change. Recently she slammed the Trump administration's move to restrict states' ability to regulate their own air quality. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spoke with Mills about what steps she's taken - beyond creating a climate council - to deal with climate change in Maine.
Pingree: Conservation program funding supports ‘critical lands’
York Weekly - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Conservation funding was the theme during a visit by First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Monday afternoon. The purpose of Pingree’s visit was to highlight the importance of establishing mandatory full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a popular conservation program. Pingree said, “So many critical parcels of land have been conserved” with LWCF funds.
Recycling, composting now the norm at area schools, colleges
The County - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Recycling and conservation is becoming more common in schools throughout Aroostook County now, according to local administrators, with the implementation of more education around the subject and the establishment of “green committees” to spearhead initiatives. The overall goal of reducing items that schools and colleges throw away includes food, plastic and clothing.
Fed up with inaction on climate change, young Mainers are ‘taking control of their futures’
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

Anna Siegel, a 13-year-old from Yarmouth, is part of a growing movement, in Maine and globally, of young people frustrated with inaction and political roadblocks on an issue they regard as critical to their futures. Inspired by Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and other youth activists, they are educating themselves and their classmates, speaking up publicly and sometimes bringing about changes at the state and local levels. On Friday afternoon, student-led actions will be held in at least six communities around Maine – Portland, Bangor, Farmington, Norway, Bar Harbor and Machias – as part of an international day of action on what participants regard as a clear climate crisis.
Letter: Teens, adults can combat climate change by limiting consumption
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 20, 2019 

I don’t blame teenagers across the country being concerned about their lives as a result of climate change. We are all in trouble if the climate crisis is not brought under control immediately, requiring emergency actions. We can each severely reduce our traveling. We can also only buy stuff that we absolutely need. We must reduce our consumption of animal foods, which require enormous amounts of energy to bring to tables and are responsible for the release of vast amounts of carbon dioxide and methane.There are other significant actions that we can take, but these are the most important ones for teenagers and adults across the country and around the world. ~ Len Frenkel, South Portland
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