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Acadia National Park pass half-price sale
Announcement - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 

Annual entrance passes for Acadia National Park will be on sale at half-price from Dec. 1–31 at the park headquarters visitor center.
Trails of History, Nov 27
Event - Posted - Friday, November 20, 2015 

Bar Harbor author Tom St. Germain rereleases his guide to Mount Desert Island’s hiking trails, “Trails of History,” At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, Nov 27, 7 pm.
Stop gutting funding of our conservation lands
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

On Nov 18, the U.S. House Natural Resource Committee will discuss a proposal by Rep. Bishop (Utah) to gut the Land & Water Conservation Fund program, which is used to protect our National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, historic sites, and the Appalachian Trail as well as local parks and recreation areas. It would also substantially cut Forest Legacy allocations. Maine has received more than $172 million for LWCF and Forest Legacy projects, which has leveraged millions more in state and private funds. Urge U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine to reject Bishop's proposal and to support LWCF Reauthorization (H.R. 1814).
Maine Farm, Fish and Food Innovation Challenge, Nov 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 15, 2015 

The final day of the Maine Farm, Fish and Food Innovation Challenge seeks to sustainable business models to get more Maine produced food and harvested fish to local and regional markets. Barton Seaver, Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health, will speak about Empowering Food Economies. At Bowdoin College, Kresge Auditorium, Brunswick, Nov 22, 2:15-3:45 pm.
Reading Animal Signs, Nov 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 15, 2015 

At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, Nov 22, 1 pm.
Wild Goose Chase, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 14, 2015 

Travel by van to check various locations around Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth that attract Canada, Snow, Cackling and Greater White-fronted Geese, and rarities. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Nov 21, 9 am - 12 noon. Maine Audubon members $10; non-members $15.
Reduce reliance on pesticides
Action Alert - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

There has been a nearly 700 percent increase in pesticides used in and around homes and in public areas in Maine in the past 20 years. The Maine Board of Pesticides Control meets to consider action at Augusta, Nov 13, 8:30 am. Urge the BPC to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase education efforts about alternatives to pesticides, and to track and report on pesticide sales in Maine. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Conversations About Maine’s Future, Nov 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

A summit featuring discussions about Maine's energy future, the next rural economy, reinventing education, broadband connections, the need for more people, and climate change. Includes "Maine's Next Economy" book release. At Univ of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Portland, Nov 20, 8 am - 4 pm, $75. Sponsored by Envision Maine.
Revisiting the Deep Ecology Movement in Norway, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

Student stories from the field continue with college seniors Britta Clark and Michela Moscufo, discussing their summer Otis Fellowship experience in Norway. At Bates College, Lewiston, Nov 19, 12 pm.
An Evening with Bernd Heinrich, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

Bernd Heinrich, for our November Speaker Series. He will discuss the mysterious and often puzzling behavior of several bird species he has encountered over the years. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Nov 19, 7 pm. Maine Audubon members $10; non-members $15.
Sustainability and the American Lobster, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

Dr. Richard Wahle will discuss the history of challenges in the Maine lobster fishery, and the current struggle to make the lobster fishery sustainable. At Holden Frost House, The Highlands, Topsham, Nov 19, 2 pm, limited seating, RSVP 3+ days ahead.
Revisiting the Deep Ecology Movement in Norway, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 12, 2015 

Bates seniors Britta Clark and Michela Moscufo discuss their summer 2015 fellowship experience in Norway. Sponsored by the environmental studies program. At Bates College, Lewiston, Commons 221, Meeting Room, Nov 19, 12 pm.
Water Quality of the Kennebec Estuary, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

This lecture will detail the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s water sampling and water quality programs in the towns of Georgetown and Phippsburg. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Nov 18, 7 pm.
Androscoggin Land Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Share an epic photographic journey and hear inspiring stories of the exciting adventures that Matt Palmierello and Danielle Katz of Rivers for Change had paddling the Androscoggin River on stand-up paddleboards. At Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, Nov 18, 5:30 pm.
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East Millinocket to reaffirm opposition to national park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 20, 2015 

East Millinocket town leaders will send U.S. Sen. Angus King a letter underlining the town’s rejection of a proposed North Woods national park in a nonbinding referendum held five months ago, officials said Thursday. The board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to send the single-page letter. East Millinocket voted 320-191 against the national park on June 29. East Millinocket school Superintendent Eric Steeves wrote a letter to selectmen on Monday warning them to avoid stating a position on the park. He said in the letter that he feared that “the perception of taking sides on any major issue would likely result in negative feedback and hinder cooperative relationships” the school has with backers of some outdoor-recreation programs being developed.
Editorial: Our View: Lifting crude-oil export ban would help Big Oil, hurt the rest of us
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 20, 2015 

In 1975, after the country was shaken by the Arab oil embargo, Congress passed a ban on exporting crude oil from the United States to promote domestic fuel production and efficiency and to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign resources. Forty years later, we’re still working toward these goals. And we’re also trying to slash greenhouse-gas emissions, which are aggravated by fossil fuel consumption. So it’s unclear why a movement to lift the crude export ban has been gaining ground in Washington, where it enjoyed a victory last month in the House. Now that the proposal is headed to the Senate, we urge Maine’s Susan Collins and Angus King to come out against it – and stand up for the well-being of their constituents and the environment.
Opinion: Burt’s Maine Preserve: A state park with all the benefits, no drawbacks
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 20, 2015 

The debate over land owned by the Quimby family reignited this week. So I have to ask: why are people opposed to a park in the Maine woods? Not a national park — there are reasonable arguments against federal control of large swaths of our state. Instead, I’m asking: why not support a state park? Whether we call it Maine Woods State Park, Quimbyland, or Burt’s Maine Preserve, most of the arguments put forward by proponents could also hold true with a state-run park. ~ Michael Cianchette
Letter: Carbon fee and dividend plan good for Gulf of Maine
Morning Sentinel - Friday, November 20, 2015 

In Colin Woodard’s recent series, “Mayday: Gulf of Maine in Distress,” he wrote, “Experts say there’s little that Maine or New England can do by itself to address the underlying issue: the continued warming of the Earth because of greenhouse gas emissions.” While it might feel as if there is little that we can do, there are ways for us to have great impact on climate change on a global scale. The carbon fee and dividend plan being promoted by Citizens Climate Lobby is one example. The plan calls for a pricing for carbon, and it requires similar pricing to be in place for any nation that is a trade partner with the United States. This means that countries who trade with the U.S. would either have their own carbon fee where they keep the money or have the carbon fee collected by the United States. Worldwide impact is possible and is the best hope for the health of the Gulf of Maine. ~ Nicholas Lykling, WatervilleS.
Montana Officials Concerned about Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek Deal; Maine Officials Silent
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are echoing concerns raised over a merger between Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser Company, asking for assurances that jobs and public access will be maintained after the massive deal is completed. Meanwhile, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been silent about the impacts of the deal. Nor have any of the Maine's congressional delegation mentioned the potential loss of jobs and public access.
Faith and nature: Labyrinth in the Woods opens at Crystal Spring Farm
Coastal Journal - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

First Parish Church and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust have created a labyrinth at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick. Walking the labyrinth does not have to have be a religious experience, it can simply be a meditative way to enjoy nature.
7 Senators Oppose "Wasting" Up To $9.4 Billion On Extension Of Wind Production Tax Credit
Other - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

A bipartisan group of six senators sent a letter to Senate leadership expressing their opposition to an extension of the wind production tax credit. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Ne.), the seven senators argued that the expensive subsidy for wind wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars every year it is extended.
House Science Committee chairman: Climate study was ‘rushed to publication’
Washington Post - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, opened another front in a war with federal climate researchers Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a second letter in less than a week to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Smith urged her to pressure NOAA to comply with his subpoena for internal communications. Smith says whistleblowers have come forward with new information on the climate study’s path to publication in June. The study refuted claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the past decade, undercutting a popular argument used by those who refute the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind global warming.
Genetically engineered salmon unlikely to appear in Maine markets
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Federal regulators declared genetically engineered salmon safe to eat Thursday, but consumers in Maine shouldn’t expect to see the controversial product in the supermarket seafood section any time soon, if ever. The Food and Drug Administration granted approval Thursday to a Massachusetts company’s plans to sell farm-raised Atlantic salmon that are genetically modified to grow faster. AquaBounty Technologies’ salmon is the first gene-altered animal product approved by the FDA and could open the door to other products despite a robust debate in the U.S. over the safety of genetically modified foods. But several food stores as well as companies that either grow or sell salmon products in Maine indicated Thursday that they do not plan to carry or utilize the fish officially known as AquAdvantage Salmon but dubbed “Frankenfish” by opponents.
Liquidation group wins auction for bankrupt Lincoln paper mill
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

A joint venture led by a Boston-based liquidator of industrial sites emerged as the winner of Thursday’s auction for the bankrupt Lincoln paper mill. The winning bid was submitted by a group led by Gordon Brothers Group, according to Sam Anderson, the attorney for Lincoln Paper and Tissue, which filed for bankruptcy in late September. Four eligible bidders participated in the auction, but none of them were paper mill operators. Keith Van Scotter, CEO of Lincoln Paper and Tissue, still holds out hope, however, that the new owner will seek to turn the mill around and seek a paper operator. Jeffrey Young, attorney for the United Steelworkers, which represents about 175 of the mill’s employees, believes the mill will be scrapped.
Pesticide could hinder bees 
in pollinating, study shows
Washington Post - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

A common pesticide could hinder bumblebees’ ability to pollinate plants, says a new study – and that could be a big problem for both agriculture and the natural ecosystems that depend on the bees for survival. A paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature tested the effects of a pesticide called thiamethoxam on the ability of bumblebees to pollinate apple trees. The study suggested that, at certain levels, the pesticide can have negative impacts on the bees’ pollination abilities, causing colonies to visit fewer flowers and return with less pollen, and resulting in apples with fewer seeds.
U.S. clears genetically modified salmon for human consumption
Reuters - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

U.S. health regulators on Thursday cleared the way for a type of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption - the first such approval for an animal whose DNA has been scientifically modified. AquaBounty says its salmon can grow to market size in half the time of conventional salmon, saving time and resources. The fish is essentially Atlantic salmon with a Pacific salmon gene for faster growth and a gene from the eel-like ocean pout that promotes year-round growth. Activist groups have expressed concerns that genetically modified foods may pose risks to the environment or public health.
Penobscot chief: Relations with state hit all-time low
Sun Journal - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

The chief of Maine’s largest American Indian tribe said Thursday its relationship with state government was at an all-time low. Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk FrancisFrancis said the 1980 federal Indian Land Claim Settlement Act created a unique legal relationship between the tribes and the state, but the full intent of the federal law has never been fully embraced by the state. "While our native nations have been making great progress, we are still very much under attack by outside corporate and government interest in our internal affairs.”He said that interference has caused havoc for tribal members, including allowing the degradation of their fishing waters and impairing their economy. Francis gave several examples, ranging from the state exerting control over the elver fishing industry to the federal and state governments siding with the paper industry on who should set pollution control standards for the Penobscot River — a body of water that Penobscots consider their sovereign territory.
Lincoln mill draws top bid from firm that doesn’t make paper
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction drew a top bid of $5.9 million from a consortium of companies that would seek to sell the mill to a papermaker or sell it off in pieces, the mill’s attorney said Thursday. Sam Anderson, the attorney for the bankrupt tissue mill, said top bidder Gordon Brothers is a liquidator. The bid proposal, which does not include mill-owned land, will go before a bankruptcy judge Friday morning for final approval.
Maine public monitors bats with mobile devices
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

We may not be able to hear or see them, but bats are all around us. During the summer, they take to the sky at night, flying through Maine neighborhoods and forests, across lakes and fields, snatching up insects. During the winter, they gather in caves to hibernate or migrate south to warmer climates. Concerned about recent declines in bat populations, Erik Blomberg, assistant professor of the University of Maine Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, recently created BatME, a bat monitoring project that relies on volunteer “citizen scientists” to collect data throughout the state.
Column: Could bird names be the result of a scientist drinking game?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

I have a theory that many bird names are the result of drinking games among scientists. What else would explain how the merganser got its name? Perhaps it was a drinking game among Romans, because the name actually means diving goose in Latin. The “merg” part comes from the same Latin root that gives us submerge. “Anser” is the Latin word for goose. In Europe, the connection is easier to see because they call our common merganser the goosander. ~ Bob Duchesne
Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser merger raises land use concerns
Other - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Concerns over private land access in Montana are surfacing following the Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser merger announcement. Montana Land Board Advisor Jeff Barber says that Weyerhaeuser's business practice is to manage its land through restricted accesses and that the company usually issues expensive permits that are limited in number. Possible recreational uses that could be impacted in Montana include hunting, hiking and berry picking. Earlier this week, Montana State Auditor and Land Board Member Monica Lindeen also raised concerns about whether Weyerhaeuser will continue Plum Creek’s policy of free and open public access on its lands. [Plum Creek owns more than 860,000 acres in Maine and over 6 million acres nationwide.]
$3.7 Million Federal Grant Puts UMaine’s Offshore Wind Project Back in the Running
Free Press - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

The U.S. Department of Energy has just awarded a University of Maine-led consortium $3.7 million to continue its research and development of offshore wind technology. Last year, Maine Aqua Ventus — a private-public consortium including utility Emera Maine, construction company Cianbro and UMaine — failed to win a competitive bid for a $47 million Department of Energy grant to fund development of an offshore wind pilot project to be built off of Monhegan. However, this latest award, which builds on the smaller $3 million DOE grant the group received last year, will now put Maine Aqua Ventus on financial par with the other competing offshore wind demonstration projects.
Petition would have Wiscasset build solar panels
Lincoln County News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

The Wiscasset Sun Cats submitted a petition with 140 signatures in July asking Wiscasset to look into installing solar panels on the town’s municipal buildings. After hearing a presentation from ReVision Energy Director of Finance Steve Hinchman on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen must now decide whether to bring a proposal to go solar to voters at the annual June town meeting.
Atlantic puffins listed as endangered species in Europe
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Puffins in some parts of the Atlantic are fighting a battle beyond their control. European puffin populations were listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species in October. The oceanic shifts caused by climate change are cited as a key threat in the recent listing. In Maine, puffins were reintroduced in the 1970s following their absence for over a century. Now, in the Gulf of Maine, when it gets too warm for fish like sand lance that these more southerly puffins normally eat, they're periodically forced to hunt warm water fish like butterfish. Those fish are too wide and bony for the gullets of their chicks, with sometimes tragic results — the babies may starve or choke. As the climate continues to warm, puffin populations in Maine could decline like those in Europe.
Column: LePage just spins wheels on energy
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Gov. LePage can’t support any ideas but his own. He has zero skills in listening or respecting differences, which are pre-conditions to bringing people together. Therefore, he cannot lead, and we’re finding neither common ground nor common sense. So what are the ideas LePage insists will grow our economy and reduce energy costs?
• Build massive transmission lines to Canada so we can buy all that “cheap” Quebec hydropower, which will only be cheap until we hook up to it.
• Kill – for no apparent reason – a massive offshore wind project that was privately funded.
• Raid funds meant for energy efficiency.
• No support for solar development.
• Oppose everything else.
What’s the opportunity cost in all this? We’re not becoming a national leader in growing our own energy, creating jobs and lowering prices. ~ Alan Caron
Letter: Eddington, great little town
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Earlier this year, there was a special town meeting to vote on a mineral extraction ordinance. People put up signs saying, “Stop the Quarry,” vote yes. Voters thought they were voting to stop the quarry when instead they voted for an ordinance that was much more restrictive than the state’s or any other town’s ordinance. We are a little town of Eddington, not Boston or Portland. This is all so wrong and they got away with it. ~ Pamela Chapman, Eddington
Letter: Windmills a bad deal
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 19, 2015 

Adam Gavel’s Nov. 5 BDN letter implies that a wind power company with lots of money employs his environmental consulting group. I suspect Gravel’s group was asked to write this letter to keep their jobs. As a wildlife biologist for more than 55 years, I have worked on many wildlife projects across the country. Environmental assessments from consulting groups that I have seen regarding windmills and wildlife have been on too short a timeframe with inadequate data. Windmills are destructive to wildlife, especially birds, and the scenic beauty of Maine and will not reduce the cost of electricity. Across America windmills have killed dozens of bald and golden eagles, with no penalties levied on the windmill companies. If a private citizen killed an eagle, he would be penalized thousands of dollars and face jail time. ~ Fred Hartman, Whiting
Land Trust Alliance Welcomes 50th Sponsor of Conservation Easement Incentive Act
Other - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 

The Land Trust Alliance today welcomed the 50th sponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act in Congress. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) joins 23 other Republican, 24 Democratic and two Independent senators to support a tax incentive benefitting landowners. In exchange for placing a conservation easement on their lands to permanently protect important natural, scenic and historic resources for public benefit, participating landowners received tax benefits through a temporary incentive that expired Dec. 31, 2014. Sponsors of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act include Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine).
Opinion: Maine’s forest industry needs to stop denying new realities and help to create a better future
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 

The forest industry in Maine is facing unprecedented and predictable challenges. It is not going to vanish, but neither is it adequately adapting. From 1980 to 2015, over half of Maine’s remaining 25 paper mills were shuttered, most others were struggling, thousands of mill and woods workers lost their jobs, and mill towns were economically devastated. These shifts underscore the urgency of reducing over-reliance on papermaking. A revamped forest industry in Maine can survive. But it needs to focus on what it can do to produce a competitive product, cultivate a highly productive workforce, pay a living wage, restore an optimistic attitude, encourage an entrepreneurial approach, and earn a fair return on investment. One easy step to demonstrate enlightened cooperation is to say, “Yes, please,” to conservation advocates who are offering to invest $100 million to turn a modest parcel of Maine woodlands into a job-creating national park and recreation area.
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Indoor urban farms called wasteful, 'pie in the sky'
By Stacey Shackford - It seems a sensible solution to urban space constraints and a desire for increased local food production: transform abandoned warehouses into indoor farms, or construct purpose-built vertical food factories. But Louis Albright, an emeritus professor of biological and environmental engineering who helped pioneer controlled-environment agriculture, warns that these "high in the sky" proposals intended to reduce food miles and rejuvenate communities may prove to be "pie in the sky" concepts with detrimental impacts on the environment.
11/23/2015 11:00:00 PM

Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe
By Carl Zimmer - The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization. Now, in the first study of its kind, an international team of scientists has found that after agriculture arrived in Europe 8,500 years ago, people’s DNA underwent widespread changes, altering their height, digestion, immune system and skin color.
11/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

UN Must Include Soil Health in Climate Mitigation Strategies
By Abigail Seiler, Center for Food Safety - Center for Food Safety (CFS) is calling on world leaders to recognize agro-ecological agriculture as a core climate solution during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris this December. CFS, as part of its newly launched Soil Solutions program, will be attending the talks as an accredited representative, participating in events aimed at raising the profile of carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture, a strategy that holds great potential to address the climate crisis.
11/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides Bound to Particles and Not Detectable in Water Harm Aquatic Organisms
Commonly-used pesticides can impact aquatic species over multiple weeks, even when chemicals are no longer detectable in water nor monitored by regulators, according to new research.
11/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Don’t Let The DARK Act Sneak Through Congress
By Mary Elle Kustin - Some lawmakers are trying to slip the darkest part of the DARK Act onto the must-pass spending bill Congress will consider. Such a move is aimed at Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, and Maine, which have passed state laws requiring genetically engineered, or “GMO,” food to be labeled. The DARK Act provision would prevent those states from implementing their GMO labeling statutes, starting with Vermont, whose law is scheduled to go into effect July 2016.
11/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Soper Farms Triples Net Income Switching From GMO Crops to Organic
By Ken Roseboro - Making the transition from conventional to organic farming can be a big leap, but Harn Soper will tell you – based on experience – that it is worth it in terms of better crops, soil and financial returns. Soper, a member of a four-generation Iowa farming family, is so convinced of organic farming's value that he has launched a fund, Sustainable Farm Partners, to increase organic farming in Iowa.
11/21/2015 11:00:00 PM

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail
By Maryn McKenna - On Thursday, researchers from several Chinese, British and US universities announced in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that they have identified a new form of resistance, to the very last-ditch drug colistin – and that it is present in both meat animals and people, probably comes from agricultural use of that drug, can move easily among bacteria, and may already be spreading across borders. This is very bad news.
11/20/2015 11:00:00 PM

Regulators and retailers must stop ‘next generation' GMO imports
A new wave of ‘next generation' GM crops resistant to multiple herbicides, may be approved for import into the European Union, writes Helen Wallace, even though the health impact of the herbicide combinations is unknown. Regulators and retailers must refuse to authorise these GMOs or allow their use in any part of the food chain.
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