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Celebrating the Life of Bill Coperthwaite, Apr 9
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 02, 2015 

An evening with author Peter Forbes, discussing his new book, "A Man Apart: Celebrating Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Experiment in Living" and the roots of conservation in Maine. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, April 9, 5:30 pm. Pre-register.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 35,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Coastal grants available
Announcement - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The Maine Coastal Program is seeking applications for Coastal Communities Grants and Shore and Harbor Planning Grants. Those eligible to apply include towns and groups of towns in Maine's coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. Deadline May 14.
Youth Activism Gathering, Apr 18-20
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

A three day, youth-centered event, including workshops, music, great food, and more. A safe environment for people of all races, ages, genders, sexes, classes, etc. to come together to explore important issues and take action on them. At Friends Camp, South China, April 18-20.
Modern Ecological, Political, and Social Change in the Alaskan Arctic, Apr 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, April 9, 7 pm.
Sea Run Alewife Restoration, Apr 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

Frank Richards, Webber Pond Association, will speak. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, April 8, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Growing Local, Apr 7
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

A trio of short films — Pig not Pork, Seeding a Dream, and Changing Hands — which make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food in Maine is not a sure thing. At Gardiner Public Library, April 7, 6:30 pm.
Climate Politics Are Everywhere, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 

Stacy Vandeveer, chair of the political science department at UNH, will examine the world of climate change governance and the implications for the field of global environmental politics. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Moulton Union, April 6, 7 pm.
Restore energy efficiency funding
Action Alert - Friday, March 27, 2015 

The Maine PUC voted 2-1 to permanently slash funding for energy-efficiency projects that a could cost Mainers $1 billion in increased energy costs over the next decade. ~ Emmie Theberge, Clean Energy Policy Advocate, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Vote for Best National Park Hikes
Action Alert - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

You can vote for Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in the unscientific poll by USA Today.
Fix LePage’s weak phthalates rule
Action Alert - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

Another new study links toxic phthalates to lower sperm count in male babies. Yet, Gov. Paul LePage is blocking action to protect pregnant women from phthalates. Will you sign a petition telling lawmakers to step up where the Governor has failed? ~ Toxics Action Center
Natural Communities of Howard Hill, Apr 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

Eric Doucette, Botanist, University of Maine, will discuss the natural communities of Howard Hill behind the Maine State Capitol building. At Ladd Recreation Center, Wayne, April 2, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Angus King talks climate change, Apr 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

U.S. Senator Angus King till talk about the impacts of climate change on ice fishing. At Naples Town Hall, April 2, 2:30 pm. Sponsored by Environment Maine, Trout Unlimited, Maine Lakes Society, Maine Rivers, and Sebago Lake Anglers Association.
The Human Significance of Climate Change, Apr 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 26, 2015 

Nearly everything we do is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our activities, is put into question. By accepting our small place within the inhuman forces of the biosphere, we may discover how to live with responsibility and serenity whatever may come. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Moulton Union, April 2, 12:30 pm.
Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species Need Help
Action Alert - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 

YES: LD 807, an Act to Amend Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species List, would add species to the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List. NO: LD 640 would weaken the Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species List by develop incidental take permits, which allow the killing or "take" of endangered species.
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News Items
Letter: Taxing nonprofits wrong
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 02, 2015 

As president of Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, I am writing to express our great concern and opposition to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed taxation of real estate owned by nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits provide a valuable service to society far exceeding their impact on municipal services. Nonprofits provide a unique way to deliver services more efficiently and effectively than government entities with volunteers. Taxing a nonprofit organization that delivers a service at no cost, raises private support, represents people who don’t have a strong voice and through their mission bring common good to the community is a bad idea and should be rejected. ~ William Lucy, Verona Island
Democrats: Republican Leader's Proposed 'Fix' for Energy Bill Typo an Attempted Power Grab
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

You might have heard about a clerical error in a huge omnibus energy bill two years ago that has led to a nearly $40 million cut in funding to the Efficiency Maine Trust, an agency that oversees programs to help Mainers cut energy costs. The effort to correct that error has turned partisan. And Democrats - and even some Republicans - are accusing Gov. Paul LePage of an attempted power grab.
Frustration Over Divestment Issue Comes to a Boil at Bowdoin
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Students at Bowdoin College are staging a sit-in at the president's office to urge the school to divest from fossil fuels. The students say the president and the board are dragging their feet. They're demanding the school form a committee to explore divestment. But school officials say the president and the trustees have already met with students, and their position is clear.
Bill to reduce scallop daily catch limit sunk by committee
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

A bill that, if voted into law, would allow fishermen with lapsed licenses back into the rebuilding scallop fishery was not well received by a standing room only crowd at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon. That is why, a few minutes after the public hearing came to a close, the Legislature’s Marine Resources committee voted unanimously to recommend the bill ought not to pass. The bill, LD 908, also would have reduced the daily scallop catch limit in most of Maine by about 30 percent and would have reduced the maximum size of drags used in inner-island areas and bays to 5½ feet.
Group Pushing for National Park in Maine to Hold Telephone Town Meeting
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The group that hopes to create a national park and recreation area in Maine's North Woods is holding a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Callers will be able to dial in and ask questions about all aspects of the proposals. The town hall begins at 7 p.m. The phone number to take part is 207-228-1820.
Some national parks will raise fees this summer
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

After a six-year moratorium, the federal government is increasing the price of admission at some of its public lands and raising the fees charged for camping, boating, cave tours and other activities. The National Park Service says the money expected to be raised is needed to repair and maintain roads, trails and park buildings. Some members of Congress have expressed concern about the fee increases, but National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said that visitors are still getting an incredible deal when compared to other recreational pursuits. “I’d rather pay money to get into Yosemite than any theme park I’ve been to,” wrote William Sanger of Berwick, Maine, who visited the park in October. Only about a third of the 400-plus properties within the National Park Service system charge an entrance fee. Even in those places that do charge a fee, many visitors are exempted.
MOFGA forum singles out pesticide as key culprit in honey bee die-offs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Many believe the newest pesticide on the block — neonicotinoid-based pesticides, known as neonics — is wiping out honey bees, but the question aired in Portland last week was: Will scientists and regulators reach a similar conclusion?
Humor: Study finds that anti-science speechifying by lawmakers lead to spike in CO2 levels
Summit Voice - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

A new climate study released Wednesday, April 1 shows that cutting anti-science rhetoric by GOP politicians could go a long way toward helping the U.S. meet its stated intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a global deal to avoid catastrophic global warming impacts.
“If only we could get Republican lawmakers to dial back their outbursts, we’d really start making some progress on cutting emissions,” said lead researcher Frank Weatherby. “We estimate that putting a two-minute limit on anti-science statements and speeches would cut total CO2 emissions by 21-23 percent,” Weatherby said.
U.S. gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease. White-nose syndrome first was first discovered among bats in a cave near Albany, New York, in 2006 and since has killed millions of the flying mammals.
Maine Republican proposes fix to $38 million energy-efficiency error
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

A Republican lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to fix the clerical error potentially worth $38 million in energy-efficiency funding and to create a new Cabinet-level energy commissioner position within state government. Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, is floating the plan as an alternative to the quick-fix that Democrats say is needed to address what all sides acknowledge was a one-word typographical error in a massive 2013 energy bill. But several Democrats and Republicans promptly criticized Fredette and the LePage administration for using what has become known as “the missing ‘and’ ” as a vehicle for seeking broader energy policy changes.
South Portland seeks dismissal of pipeline lawsuit
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The city of South Portland has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the Portland Pipe Line Corp., saying that the company has no case because it has “no current plans” to reverse the flow of the pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to Portland Harbor. The city is defending its Clear Skies ordinance, approved last summer, which bans loading crude oil into tankers in the harbor and effectively prevents the company from reversing the flow of its South Portland-to-Montreal pipeline to brings Canadian tar sands oil into Maine.
Carbon Capture
Other - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

New Yorker - I came to feel miserably conflicted about climate change. I accepted its supremacy as the environmental issue of our time, but I felt bullied by its dominance. Not only did it make every grocery-store run a guilt trip; it made me feel selfish for caring more about birds in the present than about people in the future. Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?
The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen’s Deeply Irresponsible Climate Change Article
Climate Progress - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The New Yorker has published one of the most bird-brained and hypocritical climate articles ever, “Carbon Capture: Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?” Quick answer: No! But the New Yorker and the author of this piece, Jonathan Franzen, actually would like to “preserve nature at potential human expense.” In the distorted “through the looking glass” view of this piece, sharply reducing most air pollution ASAP would be “disfiguring” while the most sympathetic approach is allowing us to destroy a livable climate capable of sustaining a multi-billion human population and most existing species.
Maine GOP proposes energy bill fix but ties it to expansion of governor’s authority
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Republicans announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with Gov. Paul LePage on a fix to an energy bill that has become known as the case of the $38 million missing “and.” The agreement puts “and” back where it apparently belongs, but also creates a new Cabinet-level energy commissioner and deputy commissioner, along with two other employees. Those positions would be funded by a federal grant and $300,000 from the Efficiency Maine Trust.
Judge dismisses federal complaint against Poland Spring Water
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

A judge has dismissed a federal complaint against Nestle-owned Poland Spring Water, arguing newcomer Maine Springs did not prove that Nestle’s branding harmed its business. The ruling leaves open the possibility for Maine Springs to sue Nestle over allegations that Nestle’s legal threats drove away potential buyers of Maine Springs water.
Bowdoin students stage sit-in outside president’s office
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

About 20 Bowdoin College students launched a sit-in Wednesday morning outside President Barry Mills’ office, refusing to leave until the administration commits to working with them to eliminate all fossil fuel investments from Bowdoin’s $1.2 billion endowment. Mills has met with students on numerous occasions about divestment but has no plans to change his opposition to the proposal.
Grand Lake Stream is one of spring’s few constants
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Spring in Maine, of course, is our most reluctant season. It teases and taunts for a day or two, then recedes for another week, leaving bitterly cold gusts and that insult of insults: More snow. Still, there are places that we can count on, year after year, spring after spring. Places where “spring” is simple, predictable and constant. For generations, Grand Lake Stream has been one of those special places, and over those decades it has played host to a specific group of people who seek the one natural gift that is so hard to find at this time of year.
Humor: LePage Announces Solar Panels to Be Installed on Blaine House
Other - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

In a bold policy turnaround, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) today announced the forthcoming installation of a 21 kilowatt solar electric array on the roof of the historic Blaine House, home of Maine Governors. The system is sized to meet roughly half of the electric use of the recently installed air source heat pump units.
Maine DEP and Triumvirate Environmental begin work to recycle 27,000 tons of discarded carpet
Maine Government News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Staff from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Town of Warren and Triumvirate Environmental have begun work to prepare for the removal and shipment of 27,000 tons of carpet-like fiber to a recycling facility in Pennsylvania. Intended for the construction of shot and sound containment berms at the former rifle range, the material was never used and is a fire hazard. Finding acceptable solutions for cleaning up this site has been a long process for the Town and DEP. “This was a win for both the environment and the economy,” said Governor LePage.
Republicans warn world that Obama U.N. plan could be undone
Reuters - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

The Obama administration’s plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with Washington because any deal later could be undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a decade, using a host of existing laws and executive actions targeting power plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and buildings. But Republican critics say the administration lacks the political and legal backing to commit the United States to an international agreement.
Evergreen finds and returns “and” to Maine legislators
Boothbay Register - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Evergreen Home Performance is proud to announce its discovery of the word "and,” lost sometime in 2013 in the Maine State Legislature, and its intention to return the word to its rightful owners, the people of Maine. “It’s not unusual to find a bit of a building’s history in our line of work,” says Evergreen’s president, Richard Burbank. “But — or maybe I should say and — this discovery is surprisingly important.” Evergreen’s line of work — energy analysis, insulation, and other efficiency upgrades — has been in danger since Maine’s Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to permanently slash energy-efficiency funding. The PUC acknowledges that the ruling was based a typographical error in the bipartisan 2013 Omnibus Energy Bill — the missing “and” — and directly contradicts the Legislature’s intent. How the “and” was lost is uncertain, but Evergreen technician Christopher Hopkins gets credit for finding it.
Humor: Gov. LePage pledges to become Maine's greatest conservationist
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Are you kidding?
Researchers develop claw grip sensor to gauge lobster health
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

It should come as no surprise that traveling long distances can be as physically taxing on animals as it is on people. That’s why lobster dealers, who often ship live lobsters on planes across oceans and continents, sometimes give their lobsters a physical checkup before putting them on planes. At the University of Maine, researchers believe they have found a better way to determine whether a lobster is fit for travel. Instead of testing serum protein levels in a lobster’s blood, they have developed a way to measure its grip.
Winter’s big chill extends season for Maine ice fishermen
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Traditionally, April 1 is considered the start of open-water fishing in the state. But an unusually cold winter has pushed the symbolic start back because most of Maine’s lakes and ponds remain iced over. Bad news for those who want to fish on open water. Good news for diehard ice fishermen.
The Shocking Truth About Global Warming
Other - Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

Hot Seat - For years, 97% of scientists assured us that climate change was real. Today, the sordid lie behind their so-called "scientific consensus" is exposed.
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News Feeds

Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Popular weedkiller deemed carcinogenic: Herbicide may cause cancer, World Health Organization says.
By Ismat Sarah Mangla - The active ingredient in Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers – and the most commonly used one in the United States – has been declared a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the WHO, released the results of its review of five herbicides and pesticides on Friday.
3/20/2015 11:00:00 PM

New Report Highlights Crops with High Pesticide Residues and Benefits of Organic
A new pesticide residue report just out requires context for those wishing to use their purchasing power to protect health, the environment, and those who grow and harvest our food. For consumers who care about the environment, farmworkers, and want to reduce pesticides in their diet, organic agriculture continues to be the best choice.
3/19/2015 11:00:00 PM

Roundup is endocrine disruptor in human cells at levels allowed in drinking water
Roundup is an endocrine disruptor and is toxic to human cells in vitro (tested in culture dishes in the laboratory) at levels permitted in drinking water in Australia, a new study has found. This is the first study to examine the effects of glyphosate and Roundup on progesterone production by human female cells in an in vitro system that models key aspects of reproduction in women.
3/19/2015 11:00:00 PM

'Growing Local' focuses on farming in USA's oldest state Screening of film at Alfred Town Hall provokes discussion about costs, potential
By Chris Hull - The more than two dozen people who attended the March 12 screening of the film “Growing Local” at the Alfred Town Hall were reminded that Maine is a graying state. The film highlighted two family farms and the relationship between an older generation of farmers looking to retire and a younger generation looking to continue the farming tradition. Featured in the film are Richard and Adam Beal, a father and son from Rocky Ridge Organic Dairy in Litchfield.
3/18/2015 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides in produce
Consumer Reports' new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health – and for the environment.
3/18/2015 11:00:00 PM

Portland poised as leader in improving local food economy
By Kathleen Pierce - An economics professor, Michael Hillard, at the University of Southern Maine led a daylong conference Monday titled “Scaling up to Local,” which examined ways Maine farmers, fresh-food purveyors, politicians and institutions can work together to strengthen this system.
3/18/2015 11:00:00 PM

How Maine’s vast pastureland can help farmers grow revenue
By Rick Kersbergen - Maine is seeing a surge in small farms, with more than 1,000 farms added in the last 10 years, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
3/18/2015 11:00:00 PM

VIEW FROM AWAY: A costly farm bill
Remember how backers of the 2014 farm bill promised that it would reform costly and wasteful agriculture subsidies and save taxpayers money? And remember how the critics of the bill said it was basically a scheme to repackage and perpetuate the old system, potentially at a higher cost? Well, it turns out that the critics were right, according to the first comprehensive estimate of the bill’s impact.
3/17/2015 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

South Portland Seeks Dismissal of Pipeline Lawsuit
The city says in a federal court filing that it is acting to protect the health and welfare of residents by ba...
4/1/2015 12:03:23 PM

Maine GOP Proposes Energy Bill Fix but Ties It to Expansion of Governor’s Authority
By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans announced Wednesda...
4/1/2015 11:18:40 AM

Not a Dictatorship: Maine Should be a Place Based on Laws, Not LePage’s Whims
By The BDN Editorial Board Bangor Daily News editorial Gov. Paul LePage was easily re-elected in November and ...
4/1/2015 8:09:55 AM

Cook Less
Save energy cooking by looking for (unprocessed) foods that don’t need to be cooked as long. Choose rice...
4/1/2015 4:00:37 AM

NRCM Testimony In Support of LD 866, An Act to Ensure Efficiency and Safety in the Bureau of Forestry
Good afternoon Sen. Edgecomb, Rep. Hickman, and members of the Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committ...
3/31/2015 3:08:27 PM

Lawmaker Proposes Moratorium on Mining in Maine
by A.J. Higgins MPBN news story AUGUSTA, Maine – An ongoing debate about regulation of large-scale minin...
3/31/2015 2:58:21 PM

Portland Stores Prepare for Plastic Bag Fee
Fee kicks in April 15 WMTW-TV news story Watch full news story here. PORTLAND, Maine —April 15 will mark anoth...
3/31/2015 2:06:02 PM

Creature Feature: American Woodcock
To many Mainers, spring hasn’t officially arrived until we’ve heard the “peent” of a woodcock.
3/31/2015 10:50:29 AM

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