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Hike Up Barnard Mountain in Proposed National Park, Aug 29
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

Hike approximately four miles roundtrip, along a portion of the International Appalachian Trail, over Katahdin Brook, to the top of Barnard Mountain. Spectacular views of Katahdin, Katahdin Lake, and the Traveler Mountains. August 29, 11 am. Registration required. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
E-waste recycling drive, Aug 29
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

An E-waste recycling drive for homeowners will be held at Bangor Humane Society, August 29, 8 am-3 pm. $10 donation will benefit the Humane Society.
Reading the Landscape with a Ranger, thru Aug 29
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

Explore the stories woven subtly across our fields and forests by earlier visitors and the lives they led. At Frazer Point Picnic area, Schoodic Peninsula (at Acadia National Park), Winter Harbor. Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug 29.
Rare Plant Walk, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

Ecologist Andy Cutko, Maine Natural Areas Program, will lead a rare plant walk through the intertidal zone of the Cathance River. At Merrymeeting Bay Wildlife Management Area, Bowdoinham, Aug 28, 5-7 pm, pre-registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Maine State Star Party, Aug 28-29
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

At Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds, August 28-29. Hosted by the Downeast Amateur Astronomers
Bow Ties & Bean Boots Gala, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Friday, August 21, 2015 

Put on your classiest bow tie (or boa or ball gown) and dirtiest Bean Boots and join Teens To Trails for an evening to celebrate and support the work T3 is doing for high school Outing Clubs. At Camp Ketcha, Scarborough, August 28, 6-10 pm.
Maine Board of Pesticides Control wants feedback, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 20, 2015 

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will hold a public forum to hear pesticide-related comments from the public on the state's pesticide policy. At University of Maine at Machias, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Virtual tour of proposed national park, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 20, 2015 

Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, will present a virtual tour of a planned national park in northern Maine. At Atlantic Hall, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise village, Aug 27.
Permanent Atlantic Ocean protections are within reach
Action Alert - Thursday, August 20, 2015 

The Obama administration is considering permanent federal protection for areas off our New England coast. Proposed marine monuments, which include Cashse Ledge, 100 miles off the coast of Portland, and the Canyon Seamounts are home to a remarkable diversity of ocean life, from whales to sea anemones to lobsters. But without protections, these fragile habitats are at risk. Now is the time for President Obama to act, as New England waters are warming, disrupting fish populations and undermining the marine food web. ~ Environment Maine
Dangerous Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion
Action Alert - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

Casella Waste Management is proposing an expansion to the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town/Alton totaling 74 acres, including 54 acres for waste expansion, filling 2 acres of wetland, and 20 acres to accommodate a new industrial methane facility. Casella predicts approximately 700,000 tons of waste per year for the next 10-12 years, jeopardizing water quality of the Penobscot River. You can help by requesting a public hearing on Casella's two DEP applications. Deadlines: August 21 and 27.
Full Moon Canoe Tour, Aug 27, 28 & 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 

Meet at Scarborough Marsh, August 27, 28 and 29, 7:30-9 pm, $12 members, $14 non-members, registration required. Sponsored by Maine Audubon.
Sharing Nature and Play, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 

A workshop for educators and caregivers of children 2 to 6 years old. At Gilsland Farm, August 26, 4-8 pm, $40 until Aug 19, $50 after, registration required. Sponsored by Maine Audubon.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Announcement - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 

Only 133 of our country's 405 National Park System areas charge an entrance fee, but even that will be waived on National Park Service Birthday, August 25.
BDN Poll: Canada lynx
Action Alert - Monday, August 17, 2015 

Bangor Daily News Poll: Does government do enough to prevent Canada lynx deaths?
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Federal ruling could help Madison paper mill stay competitive
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

A federal ruling allowing the U.S. government to put duties on paper being imported from Nova Scotia last month was good news for Madison Paper Industries. Given recent layoffs, mill closings and drops in tax revenue, it’s some of the only good news the paper industry has had lately in Maine. The U.S. Department of Commerce has started charging duties on paper from Nova Scotia’s Port Hawkesbury Paper, and mill officials in Madison hope the ruling will be upheld when a final decision is made in November. But the duties are only part of the puzzle in keeping mills like the one in Madison running. Thursday’s announcement that 300 workers will lose their jobs at Verso Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay was a harsh reminder of how precarious the industry is.
Conservation deal for forest near State House expected to close in October
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

The Kennebec Land Trust had planned to purchase Howard Hill, privately owned land located between Capitol Street in Augusta and the Hallowell city line, and transfer it to the city of Augusta for public recreational use.
Organizations prepare for increased use of Appalachian Trail
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

(Part 2 of 2) “Long distance hiking and hiking in general is something that the park and the AT have as a priority at heart,” Baxter State Park director Jensen Bissell said. “It’s not our intent [to move the Appalachian Trail]. But we need to address the issues in order to meet our mission at Baxter State Park.” Last month, [Friends of Baxter State Park coordinated] a meeting that included members of the Baxter State Park Authority, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. All gathered to discuss ways to deal with the increasing number of thru-hikers and the predicted spike in Appalachian Trail usage in the coming years, as well as the repeat infringements of Baxter State Park rules by Appalachian Trail hikers.
Maine Senior FarmShare helps low-income seniors, local growers
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

The Maine Senior FarmShare program, now in its 15th season, is a federally funded program that puts free local produce on the tables of low-income Maine seniors, to the benefit of farmers and seniors alike. Maine Senior FarmShare is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which this year allocated about $923,000 for Maine’s program. To qualify, seniors may earn no more than $21,775 a year for a one-person household or $29,471 per year for a two-person household. Native Americans can qualify at age 55; for everyone else, the age threshold is 60. This year, almost 17,000 Maine seniors and about 105 farms are participating across the state.
Analysis: Outlook shifting for offshore wind farms
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Clean-energy advocates and many business leaders were dismayed last year when the federal Department of Energy passed over Maine for a $47 million grant to help build an experimental floating wind farm. Instead, competitors in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon won the awards, dashing dreams of kick-starting a multibillion-dollar deep-water wind power industry off the Maine coast. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the worst thing. Fifteen months later, the three proposals that beat out Maine’s venture are in trouble. None was able to sign a power purchase agreement for generation, a condition for getting the $47 million. None can meet a target date of being online by 2017. Suddenly, it’s possible that if one of the competitors pulls the plug, a project affiliated with the UMaine, called Maine Aqua Ventus, could get another shot at the $47 million. The new reality is raising key questions.
Meet: Travis Wagner, trash-talking Maine professor of environmental science and policy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Travis Wagner teaches in the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy and coordinates the school’s minor in environmental sustainability. Recently he and his students spent seven weeks digging through the garbage of assorted Portland households. (Relax, it was anonymous – he knows nothing about your dirty, trashy secrets.) We called him up to find out what on earth motivated this effort, what he and his students learned and what, in his opinion, makes the best disgusting garbage.
Sea Change: A surefire way to reduce waste? Buy less in the first place
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

American culture is not conducive to a zero-waste lifestyle. Few products are manufactured with what William McDonough calls “cradle to cradle design,” having all their components reusable or recyclable. But immersed as we are in a culture of extravagant waste with only the most rudimentary systems of reuse and recycling, there’s a lot we can do with the first (and oft-neglected) element of the waste reduction trio: reduce. If we succeed in stemming the flow of stuff entering our homes and lives, there’s far less to reuse and recycle. Not only does reducing help save dwindling resources and decrease pollution, it also represents a huge potential savings in personal time and money.
Repurposing playthings for a new life on the farm
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Reusing and recycling children’s toys and equipment to do new tasks around a hobby farm requires a creative spirit and really only a little bit of know-how. Here are some ways my family put an old bicycle, trampoline frame and sandbox to use that save a lot of money and work well for both humans and livestock.
Composting heats up in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Percolating at the We Compost It! operation in Auburn within the piles – which cook at about 160 degrees thanks to the aerobic process of composting – are food scraps from households in Biddeford, Brunswick, Portland, South Portland and Topsham, where individuals have signed on for the subscription service, and one municipality, Kennebunk, which contracted with We Compost It! this year to provide curbside composting for residences. Plenty of Maine supermarkets, corporate customers, schools and other institutions have already embraced composting. (The University of Maine even has an on-campus composting facility.) The next frontier is municipalities, not an easy nut to crack.
Goodwill Industries leads the way in low (or no) waste
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Goodwill’s motto proclaims that “nothing goes to waste – not a shirt, not a shoe, not a person,” and they aren’t kidding. In the past 12 months, Goodwill NNE sold 42 million pounds of household goods and recycled 17.9 million pounds. That’s about 60 million pounds of stuff saved from becoming waste. By comparison, during the last year Goodwill NNE threw away 10.5 million pounds of trash. Goodwill has always had an air of Yankee thrift. Its founder, a Methodist minister from Boston named Edgar Helms, originated the model of collecting used household items and clothing, hiring people to repair them, then reselling them to benefit the poor. Nationally the organization’s sustainability program has set specific targets for 2025, such as reducing the organization’s energy consumption and carbon footprint by 20 percent and reducing waste by 30 percent.
Green Plate Special: Tweaking recipes to conserve food, water and human resources
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

When I test a recipe, I find its holes using a rubric that ensures all ingredients are accounted for, all instructions flow smoothly and all results are repeatable. I’ve recently added a dimension to my testing process to assess how well a recipe keeps waste – in terms of ingredient, resource and human time and effort requirements – to a minimum. Here are my top five tweaks for making recipes lean (by streamlining processes and conserving natural resources), mean (in the British sense, which loosely translates to being frugal) and clean (in terms of keeping the washing up to a minimum).
Interactive: See how much greater Portland throws away
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Greater Portland's regional waste management agency, ecomaine, collects garbage and recycling from dozens of towns throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and serves most of the municipalities in the greater Portland region. The agency produces annual statistical reports for its members. Here are a few of the highlights. Windham produced the least garbage per capita in 2014 – about 260 pounds per resident. Bridgton produced the most – roughly 832 pounds per resident. This map shows garbage and recycling production rates for most of the towns in ecomaine's greater Portland service area (some are excluded due to incomplete data). Roll over the map for details from each town.
Blog: “Renewable” Energy – Powerful Words Make Us Do Stupid Things
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

The term “renewable” is magical when applied to energy policy. Many environmentalists have lined up to support almost any energy source that can carry the adjective renewable. It turns out that some of policies to encourage renewable energy look just plain stupid. We need better criteria for evaluating energy alternatives, because we must reduce fossil fuel. I suggest three better ways to think about energy policy: energy return on energy invested, power density, and life cycle assessment. All three are more abstract and less intuitive than renewability. Yet all three would contribute to better energy policy. Renewable was embraced originally by environmentalist keen to find alternative energy systems to fossil fuels. The problem was that it was also embraced by special interests who saw a way to enhance their narrow interests (develop wind farms) in the guise of improving the environment and national security by offering “renewable” energy alternatives. Lurking behind the rhetoric of renewability were serious environmental problems that we ignored at our own risk. We can be smarter. ~ Mark W. Anderson
Column: It’s Worth the Trip: Skiing history on display atop Agamenticus
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Comprising 10,000 contiguous acres (within an additional 30,000 acres of conservation land), the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region in York is one of the largest expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England. The conservation area is more or less centered on Mount Agamenticus, a 692-foot peak. During the 1960s, the peak of Agamenticus was developed as a ski area. First opened in 1964, “Big A” operated for nine seasons before closing in the early 1970s. While it was a heady time for ski area development in New England, the location proved problematic – the proximity to the ocean brought warm air to the mountain even during the coldest winters, and the early ’70s were plagued by bad winters. While the ski area was shuttered, the peak has found a second life as a hiking, biking and horseback riding destination. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Know and love birds? Consider adopting a survey route
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

The Breeding Bird Survey on the occasion of its 60th year has been a treasure trove of information for ecologists, ornithologists, conservation biologists and environmental managers interested in the changing populations of birds. In Maine, 70 BBS routes have been established and only 36 are active. In contrast, all of the 23 BBS routes in New Hampshire are claimed and all but four of the 23 routes in Vermont are claimed. We need better coverage of the Maine BBS routes. Some are in the northwestern part of the state, requiring considerable travel to be at the starting point before sunrise. But there are many vacant routes in southern and eastern Maine that may be convenient to your home. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Tales of bear hunting last a lifetime
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Here’s a quick anecdote about bear-hunting excitement. The hunt began on a sunny Saturday with gusting, swirling wind. I was baiting east of Sugarloaf and had bears coming to my baits, but shifting breezes can blow a hunter’s scent in all directions and frighten approaching bears. So that day I opted to still hunt on a mountainside where raspberry cane had reclaimed an old clear-cut. Bear signs were everywhere. Fertile soil there grew tall raspberry bushes, and the stiff wind rustled the waist- to chest-high plants, as well as beech and red maple edging the clear-cut, making it difficult to hear. A bear concealed in canes stood up 20 yards from me so instinct took over. With no thought at all, I shot it in the eye with a 7mm Remington Magnum. The raspberry-bush canopy concealed the bear, and I had no clue as to whether I had hit the eye or not. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Poling is the key to paddling efficiency
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

If you only paddle a canoe, you have yet to unlock its full potential. Paddling does allow you to sluice through torrid rapids, but you can’t paddle up those rapids. Poling a canoe not only allows you to go down those rapids but stop, hold your ground, swivel and head back. Despite its versatility, poling a canoe remains somewhat of a fringe culture in the paddling world. Yet back when Maine’s rivers and streams were the state’s primary thoroughfares, poling was a necessary skill. With river and stream levels low this time of year, poling over sand bars and up rapids will allow you access to areas other traditional paddlers cannot access. ~ Mark Latti
Column: Q&A with Zachary Whitener of Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Zachary Whitener grew up on Long Island and has been lobstering and striper fishing since age 10. Now 28, he’s at the forefront of a unique striped bass study. Whitener, a research associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, wants as much as anyone to have data that will tell which rivers Maine’s stripers come from. Right now he said biologists don’t have a clue. Whitener said if biologists knew which river most of Maine’s stripers hatch from, it would help them better protect the struggling species. Since the Snap-A-Striper program was launched by the institute three years ago, it has provided a useful data set of photographs of stripers caught by recreational fishermen, as well as fish heads sent in by fishermen who kept a striper to eat. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Editorial: Maine lags on tracking effectiveness of businesses’ tax breaks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

If the state is going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on tax-incentive programs designed to spur economic development, it should have some way to measure whether those programs are working. That’s the basis of a 2006 report from a watchdog agency that called on the state to conduct in-depth reviews of each of these programs while creating new mechanisms for oversight and assessment. Nine years later, the Department of Economic and Community Development, which administers 17 tax-incentive programs, has made little progress toward fulfilling these recommendations. As a result, the state agency charged with attracting and retaining businesses still cannot show whether the taxpayer money being spent in support of this goal is being spent well. Maine may be missing opportunities to help grow businesses and create jobs, and could be wasting money on programs that don’t work. Maine can’t afford another nine years of inaction.
Opinion: Passenger rail authority’s competence in question
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Everything mentioned in your Aug. 2 front-page article (“Downeaster in recovery mode after dismal year”) on the Downeaster’s comeback effort raises questions about the competence of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Author Given the annually recurring political controversy over Amtrak’s budgetary problems, NNEPRA’s “win-at-all-costs” approach could prove to be a losing proposition in the final analysis. I hope that the further giveaways it now proposes don’t portend an eventual “going-out-of-business” sale. ~ George C. Betke Jr., Transport Economics Inc., a Newcastle consultancy
Opinion: Air shows are a crime against climate that we can ill-afford
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, August 23, 2015 

Climate change threatens the security of every person on planet Earth. July was the hottest month ever recorded in the continental United States. Drought covers 62 percent of the lower 48 states, threatening water supplies and food production. The Union of Concerned Scientists predicts sea level will rise 6-16 inches by the year 2050, which will pose a serious threat to Maine’s fisheries and coastal communities. Why then the deafening silence about the Pentagon’s enormous contribution to climate change? In the militarized 21st century, where security is always seen as under threat, the Pentagon gets a pass on its pollution. But the disruptions caused by climate change pose a real and present threat to security for everyone on the planet. Concerned people owe it to their grandchildren to speak up about the Pentagon’s massive carbon footprint driving climate change that affects us all. ~ Lisa Savage
Scientists study how fast we could lose West Antarctica ice sheet
Washington Post - Saturday, August 22, 2015 

The global warming problem seemed to take on a new level of urgency last year, when a NASA study suggested that a key region the massive West Antarctic ice sheet may have been destabilized and will contribute “significantly” to sea level rise. Research suggests that if all of West Antarctica were to melt, global sea level could potentially rise by about 11 feet. The fear is that once warm ocean water starts melting them from below, the process just continues and continues. But now, a large team of researchers from a bevy of universities and research institutes across 6 countries have applied a sophisticated computer modeling approach to try to determine West Antarctica’s potential melt rate. The result was neither good news, nor utterly catastrophic.
Column: Hunting for Works for Maine does indeed work for this outdoorsman, too
Sun Journal - Saturday, August 22, 2015 

I don't get too fired up about joining yet another new organization, but Hunting Works for Maine, which just got off the launch pad, has me stoked. This is a national movement with Maine being the 11th state in the country to participate. Hunting Works for Maine has a two-fold mission that is simple and straightforward: 1. Educate the public and businesses about the positive impact that hunting and the shooting sports bring to our statewide economy. 2. Be a watchdog and spokesman for shooting sports and hunting-related issues at the policy-making level in Augusta. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Maine shrimp fishery may allow fewer fishermen in future
Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015 

Regulators are considering putting a limit on the number of fishermen who can participate in the Gulf of Maine's beleaguered shrimp fishery in an attempt to revive the shuttered industry. The fishery is currently shut down over concerns about low population, and fishermen haven’t been able to catch shrimp since 2013. Limiting access to the fishery is a subject of consternation in the industry, and some believe capping participation is unfair to younger fishermen who are trying to gain a foothold in the business. Others doubt that limiting the number of fishermen will effectively reduce the catch of shrimp and instead favor a shorter season or a low total catch limit. But Gary Libby, a Port Clyde shrimp trawler and member of the shrimp board, said limiting the number of fishermen can halt the “gold rush” mentality that has impacted the shrimp fishery over the years.
Opinion: Maine Voices: Future of Presumpscot River at stake
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 22, 2015 

The Friends of the Presumpscot River for nearly 15 years have been seeking to restore the native fishery on that waterway through a combination of river protections, awareness, fish passage and dam removals. With all but one of the dams owned and operated by Sappi Fine Paper, it has been a challenging legal and scientific effort. We are at a point where the future of the Presumpscot is at stake. Will it be a river again choked by human desire and motivations for profit, or will fish move freely through its waters, over falls and through the rips and riffles to spawn and return again? Will it be a place where humans can fish amid rolling waters and watch bald eagles and osprey? As the largest freshwater input to Casco Bay, may it once again support our ocean fishery with an abundance of critical feedstock? Will communities embrace healthy waters as a profound part of their identity and future appeal? ~ Michael Shaughnessy and Aaron Frederick, Friends of the Presumpscot River
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Demand for locally raised meat increases in Maine
By Kathleen Pierce - Foraging for insects, tender roots and other delicacies in a 4-acre pasture, a passel of Berkshire and Tamworth hogs are happy – at least as happy as pigs in mud can be.
8/23/2015 11:00:00 PM

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds tomato talk
By Rachel Carter - A few weeks ago, a consortium of local vegetable growers gathered at the Albion, ME research farm of Johnny’s Selected Seeds with one task in mind, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities related to growing tomatoes in the New England region.
8/23/2015 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops
By Christopher Pala - Pediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and thinking that something was terribly wrong.
8/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Composting heats up in Maine
By Mary Pols - Plenty of Maine supermarkets, corporate customers, schools and other institutions have already embraced composting. (The University of Maine even has an on-campus composting facility.) The next frontier is municipalities, not an easy nut to crack.
8/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Maine Senior FarmShare helps low-income seniors, local growers
By Meg Haskell - Newport, Maine: On a recent Friday morning, Debbie Bradstreet propped open the wide doors of her Newport farmstand and flipped over the sign hanging nearby, from “Closed” to “Open,” promptly at 10 a.m. Among the first to walk through the doors was Nancy Booth, 65, who lives in a nearby senior housing complex. She made a beeline for a quart of sweet blueberries before turning her attention to the big bin of corn picked earlier that morning.
8/22/2015 11:00:00 PM

Young couple’s Monroe farm takes root
By Gabor Degre - Early on a recent morning, Noami Brautigam and James Gagne sat at their kitchen table planning out their work for the day at [MOFGA-certified organic] Dickey Hill Farm in Monroe. It was about 6 a.m. With the list completed, Gagne headed to the barn to take care of the chickens, feed the pigs and make sure the cows had enough water.
8/21/2015 11:00:00 PM

Joel Salatin: Synergy between Nature, Science and Technology
By Karen Rybold-Chin, Greg David - On The Earth Productions: Joel Salatin, a keynote speaker at the Mother Earth fair, talks about “cow days” and the value of using technology as a co-laborer with nature. Just as “a carpenter uses inches, a wheat farmer uses bushels, and a water manager uses gallons, a cow day is a constant measure of what a cow will eat in a day.”
8/20/2015 11:00:00 PM

Central America issues alert as severe drought hits agriculture
San Salvador - Central American and Caribbean governments on Thursday issued an official alert as severe drought in the region damages the crops of some 1.6 million people.
8/20/2015 11:00:00 PM

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