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Conservation groups to sue $600 billion firm over salmon deaths at Maine dams

In Saturday’s Portland Press Herald I wrote an update on the ongoing dispute over the future of sea run fish in Maine’s Kennebec River and the survival of endangered Atlantic… Read more »

Four dams, the Kennebec River and the future of US Atlantic salmon in the balance

While the pandemic has been raging across the world, a high-stakes battle over the future of one of Maine’s largest river systems has been playing out in an obscure federal… Read more »

Maine Climate Council: state meeting near-term targets, but transportation fix a challenge

Under Gov. Janet Mills, Maine has committed to a range of relatively tough climate goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (vis a vis 1990 levels) by 2030; becoming… Read more »

Bills to protect working waterfronts, tribal women pass US House, sit at Senate

Some non-impeachment related Washington news. I’ve recently reported on the passage of a couple of bills in the US House that are of particular importance in Maine. They’re broadly regarded… Read more »

Kelp, “forests of the sea,” vanishing from parts of warming Gulf of Maine

Kelp, a foundation species with a role not unlike that of corals in tropical seas, is vanishing from the coasts of New Hampshire and southern Maine due to the rapid… Read more »

Is Maine’s decades-long lobster boom about to end?

I recently reported on a new scientific study that suggests Maine’s lobster boom is about to come to an abrupt end, with landings returning to historic levels over the next… Read more »

Can a Maine-based project help farmers worldwide fight climate change by storing more carbon in their soil?

I recently reported on an applied research initiative at Maine’s Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment that has the potential to help save the world. Some 14 percent… Read more »

Maine’s governor wants the state carbon-neutral by 2045. What will that take?

At the United Nations, Governor Janet Mills pledged to make Maine carbon-neutral by 2045, tasking the new Maine Climate Council to come up with a plan to do so via… Read more »

Maine launches its Climate Council, charged with slashing emissions

Last Thursday I covered the opening launch event of the Maine Climate Council, the 39-member body charged with coming up with detailed plans to slash Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions by… Read more »

Maine’s governor in effect represents US at UN Climate Conference

This week, as the Trump administration has become mired in impeachment proceedings, I’ve been knee deep in climate coverage for the Portland Press Herald, much of it the result of… Read more »