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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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Bowdoin College announces carbon neutrality
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Thursday, President Clayton Rose announced that the College has achieved its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020 two years earlier than expected. Bowdoin’s plan involved reducing carbon emissions by a certain percentage and then purchasing carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) to make up the rest. Carbon offsets and RECs allow the College to invest in renewable energy projects elsewhere and then apply the carbon emissions reductions from those projects to the institution’s energy budget. Anna Hamilton ’20 expressed disappointment with this strategy. “As an [environmental studies] student, I learn about all these innovative technologies for efficient heat and energy sources, and it feels like the school is buying their way out instead of making tangible changes on campus,” she said.
CDC warns against eating any romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak
Associated Press - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Federal officials are urging consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce after a multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce grown in Arizona was reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have no reported E. coli cases from romaine in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, however, the Maine Center for Disease Control also issued an alert Friday warning about the hazards of eating romaine.
Editorial: Earth Day 2018, a somber event
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Earth Day in years past, we celebrated the progress that had been made cleaning up our waters and clearing our air. This year is different. President Donald Trump favors the interests of those who pollute over the interests of those who have to live with the consequences of air pollution and climate change. Steps backward are occuring in Maine as well. Gov. Paul LePage supports drilling off the state’s coast. With the failure of the Legislature to override a LePage veto, Maine became the first state in the country to require solar power generators to pay a fee to utility companies for energy that never leaves their home or business. LePage also continues his campaign against land preservation, wrongly blaming land trusts for rising property taxes. With the government abdicating its mission to protect our environment and human health, local efforts are increasingly important and necessary.
Joshua’s Restaurant in Brunswick goes plastic straw-free to help environment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 20, 2018 

April 5 was the last straw for TJ and Cheri Sitars. That morning, the husband-and-wife owners of Joshua’s Restaurant & Tavern declared that, starting April 6, drinks would be served without straws, and only compostable straws would be available on request. The inspiration came from a school report the Siatrases’ 12-year-old daughter, Danika, did on ocean pollution, which they said was “depressing as hell.”
Retirement Travel
Down East - Friday, April 20, 2018 

In this podcast, Mary Ellen Lessard, a tenured travel consultant with AAA Northern New England in Portland, discusses popular trips for travelers age 50+, tips and suggestions for getting the most out of a trip, senior & military discounts and the benefits of travel insurance and using a travel consultant.
7 key governors' races for greens
E&E/Greenwire - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Term-limited Republican Gov. Paul LePage leaves office with an underwater approval rating and eight years of controversy. Environmental groups in Maine are eager to replace pro-development LePage, who doubts the science of human-caused climate change and considers global warming a possible boon for human beings.
Athens Community School Receives NRCM Grant
Morning Sentinel - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Because a grant from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, students participating in 4-H club at Athens Community School students will learn about local wildlife and monitor their behavior. Middle school students, guided by their teacher Kassie Dwyer, will build wildlife houses and set up game cameras on land near the school. The students will monitor and observe the variety of creatures that pass by the game cameras or otherwise make their presence known.
Trump and Trudeau have one big thing in common when it comes to climate change
Think Progress - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in 2016, United States-based climate activists have looked to Canada and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in the hope that a more liberal North American country might continue to march ahead with climate action in the face of Trump’s all-out resistance. Trudeau himself has chastised Trump for his climate stance, vocally disapproving of Trump’s choice to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But when it comes to dealing with grassroots resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, climate activists have come to the sobering realization that perhaps Trump and Trudeau are more similar than disparate.
Eagle Freaks
Down East - Friday, April 20, 2018 

The resurgence of Maine’s bald eagle population is one of the state’s most impressive ecological comeback stories. Ron Joseph remembers the big personalities and unorthodox methods that made it work.
As Maine Goes
Other - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Bowdoin magazine - In the spring of 1966, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art mounted an exhibition of photographs of the Maine coast by faculty member John McKee. McKee had come to the College in 1962 to teach French literature, but his skill as a photographer had attracted the attention of museum director Marvin Sadik. The exhibition the two men staged has long been regarded as a landmark in the environmental movement in Maine, a greening of consciousness that took place in the 1960s and 1970s in which Bowdoin and Brunswick played a prominent role.
8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?
National Public Radio - Friday, April 20, 2018 

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), a little-known agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, is responsible for policing the sprawling offshore industry. As the White House and the Interior Department pursue "energy dominance," opening more federal lands and waters to drilling than ever before, BSEE's status — along with the safety reforms that helped empower it — has become increasingly tenuous.
Column: Spring birds have been sneaking into Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

This is a test. Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention. Spring birds have been sneaking into Maine for more than a month. Have you noticed? ~ Bob Duchesne
Men sentenced in Portland for roles in elver poaching ring
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Thursday, a federal judge in Portland sentenced three men who were together accused of poaching and selling as much as $1 million worth of baby eels, known as elvers, to a mix of probation, restitution and fines. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy sentenced George Anestis, of Boxborough, Massachusetts, to serve two years of probation and pay a $5,000 fine and $33,800 in restitution. Mark Green, of West Bath, received a sentence of one year probation and a $10,000 restitution payment. Charles Good, of Kingston, Massachusetts, was sentenced to serve three years probation and pay a $7,000 fine. Still to comeis the sentencing of the so-called “elver kingpin,” William Sheldon.
A brief history of the Kenduskeag Stream, from the last ice age to now
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Spring has sprung, the snow is melting, and the Kenduskeag Stream is now fast-moving and briskly cold, making its way from rapids upstream to calmer waters in downtown Bangor. The stream has shaped the history of the region for centuries — from the Penobscot people prior to first European contact in the 17th century, to its current status as a scenic natural attraction and home to this weekend’s Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Here’s some facts about the stream you might not know.
Letter: A Response on LD144
Times Record - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Instead of blaming solar customers, who are among those I represent on the Woolwich selectboard, CMP should be fixing its expensive new billing system, which customers also pay for, and address the thousands of complaints about inaccurate bills. Maine needs a future-oriented energy policy that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, supports good-paying jobs, and reduces unnecessary expenditures by CMP. The bill that recently failed by only two votes in the state legislature, and which CMP worked to kill, would have made small steps toward that. Its failure is very disappointing. ~ Allison Hepler, Woolwich
Letter: Take climate change seriously
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

A recent article reported on two scientific studies that show the Gulf Stream, part of circulation currents in the Atlantic Ocean, is slowing down. The Gulf Stream, which brings warm water to the New England coast, is losing steam. This is one of the most severe outcomes of climate change. And it’s happening sooner than predicted. Will fishing off Maine suffer from the change? Will summer Maine tourists stay away from colder ocean beaches? I hope that Republicans will think twice before they vote for congressmen, Rep. Bruce Poliquin to be exact, who refuse to acknowledge man-made climate change. ~ Robb Cook, Lubec
Gulf of Maine Research Institute honors Buckfield teacher
Turner Publishing - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has honored Buckfield Junior/Senior High School teacher Gretchen Kimball with the fifth annual McCarthy Education Innovation Award. Each year, GMRI presents the McCarthy award to the Maine teacher who best provides students authentic science experiences and promotes students’ interest in, understanding of, and connection to scientific studies.
Climate Change Is Making Deadly Air Pollution Worse in Cities Across the U.S.
TIME - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Temperature increases linked to climate change are worsening air pollution in communities across the country right now contributing to a range of health problems from asthma to premature death, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. The Trump Administration’s efforts to stop global warming regulations have been even more aggressive. The EPA has stopped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce emissions of climate change-causing emissions, despite estimates that the program would cut air pollution and ultimately save 3,600 lives by 2030.
Gardiner meat processing company’s bankruptcy filing a blow to farmers
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

In a blow to the local food economy, Central Maine Meats, an ambitious company built on the vision of multiple USDA-inspected meat processing facilities in Gardiner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, according to court records. Barely three years in operation, and funded heavily by over $4 million dollars in state grants and federal government loans, Central Maine Meats is between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt to 64 creditors. The state-of-the-art facility, intended to boost and support the local food economy in Maine, opened in 2015.
South Portland council adopts climate resolve
Forecaster - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

South Portland Councilors voted unanimously with the exception of Kate Lewis, who was absent, to support a joint climate action plan with Portland. The plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and have city operations powered by renewable energy by 2040.
Major unfinished business as 2018 legislative session ends
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Lawmakers left a host of major issues on the table this week when the 2018 legislative session came to a tumultuous and partisan ending. Without legislative action, the tax incentives offered to businesses through the Pine Tree Development Zone program will expire at the end of the year. Although controversial, the tax credits and sales tax exemptions are utilized by businesses that, in turn, make promises to create jobs. A bill to reauthorize the Pine Tree Development Zone program for three years has won bipartisan support, but it is among those caught in the partisan gamesmanship that stalled work in the final days. It is likely to come up during the veto session, however.
Dead Whale Found in Lubec Raises Questions about Rising Mortality Rates for Humpbacks
Maine Public - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

A dead humpback whale is floating in a Lubec cove. Scientists are eager to find the cause of its demise, as the discovery comes at a time of increasing mortality rates for the species. Rosemary Seton of Allied Whale, a research unit at the College of the Atlantic, said, "We didn't see any impression that might suggest entanglement, so there's nothing like that. There was no bruising or anything that might suggest a ship strike."
Chellie Pingree Questions Agriculture Secretary on Budget Cuts
Maine Public - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District questioned Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday about proposed cuts in the agency’s budget that could decrease funding for programs that have helped organic farmers.
Bowdoin is Maine’s latest carbon-neutral campus, joining Colby, College of the Atlantic
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Bowdoin College announced Thursday it is now carbon neutral, two years ahead of schedule. The milestone means the Brunswick campus’ net impact on carbon dioxide emissions is calculated to be zero, the result of reduced fossil fuel use together with investments to encourage enough renewable energy production to offset the school’s remaining emissions. Other schools in Maine – including College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and Colby College – have also reached carbon neutral status.
Opinion: As Maine’s clam population falls, Acadia offers a rare refuge for this vital resource
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Maine harvested about 1.4 million pounds of soft-shell clams, the lowest harvest since the 1930s. This also was less than half a typical haul in the early and mid-1980s, underscoring the folly of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s proposal to open Acadia National Park to commercial harvesting of clams and worms. Acadia should be a small but vital refuge from commercial clamming and worm harvesting. ~ Michael Soukup, former associate director for the National Park Service, Blue Hill; and Mary K. Foley, former regional chief scientist for the National Park Service, Carrabassett Valley
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