Maine

Maine

State of the United States of America

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Boston Herald Wire Services
May 17, 2020
Boston Herald
The coalition of northeast and mid-Atlantic states pursuing a regional cap-and-trade pact to reduce carbon emissions has pushed back its timeline to the fall to finalize the details of a program states will be asked to join.
Associated Press
May 11, 2020
Boston Herald
PORTLAND, Maine -- A $1 billion utility transmission project that would serve as a conduit for up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to flow into the New England power grid won approval from state environmental regulators on Monday. The permit issued by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection requires Central Maine Power to reduce [...]
David Streitfeld
April 18, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Stacy Mitchell knew that taking on a trillion-dollar company would be a lopsided fight. But the pandemic has not only made Amazon more essential. It has also made it vulnerable.
Boston Herald Wire Services
April 12, 2020
Boston Herald
OGUNQUIT, Maine -- An art museum in southern Maine has named a Michigan art professor as its new executive director. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art will be led by Amanda Lahikainen starting May 1, the museum's board president said. Lahikainen is the chair of the art department at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. [...]
Associated Press
April 5, 2020
Boston Herald
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The seafood industry has been upended by the spread of the coronavirus, which has halted sales in restaurants and sent fishermen and dealers scrambling for new markets.
By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
April 3, 2020
Mail Online
Skeletal remains of a shipwreck have appeared on the Maine coastline that have been a mystery for over six decades has now bee identified as a British cargo ship that was ashore in 1769.
By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
April 2, 2020
Mail Online
The skeletal remains of a shipwreck trapped in the coastline of Maine has been identified as the 'Defiance', a British ship that was lost in 1769 during the Battle of Yorktown.
Associated Press
March 27, 2020
Boston Herald
NEW YORK (AP) -- On the coast of Maine, Eric Baldwin and his staff of two usually spend their days selling, repairing and washing sails for boats. They transform their surplus sailcloth into tote bags to bring in extra money.
Associated Press
March 28, 2020
Boston Herald
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- An environmental nonprofit group with offices in Maine and Massachusetts has picked a veteran member of the sustainability movement as its new president.
February 25, 2020
WebWire
What: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood with a new Forever stamp. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820. The picturesque rocky coastline of Maine has long inspired the imagination of writers and artists. American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was among the many prominent artists who sought the tranquility of the state's coastal towns during the summer. His painting "Sea at Ogunquit" (1914) captures the rugged beauty so characteristi...
Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
February 19, 2020
Wired
Groups claim the state law, scheduled to take effect in July, violates First Amendment protections and the Supremacy Clause of the constitution.
By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press
February 19, 2020
Houston Chronicle
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine lobsters have long delighted tourists as the state's most beloved seafood. But one company thinks the crustaceans can save human lives by providing their blood for use in new drugs. The effort, involving a longtime lobster scientist, wouldn't be the first example of coastal invertebrates being used to aid human health. Horseshoe crabs are harvested because their blood contains a protein used to detect contamination in medical products. A different startup company in Maine announced in 2016 that it would develop a bandage coated with a substance extracted from crushed lobster shells. And the U.S. Army has made use of field bandages treated with a blood clotting compound processed from shrimp shells. The company working on the lobster blood project, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer. Representatives with the company said results are promising - the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued them a patent in late October related to their work. The blood is easy to come by because it's a byproduct of lobster processing, company head Robert Bayer said. Lobster blood is likely a long way from playing a role in new drugs, Bayer said, but there's "no question it has antiviral and anticancer properties" based on research needed to apply for the patent. "Right now, this blood is literally thrown out on the floor and goes down the drain," said Bayer, a professor emeritus of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at University of Maine. "We can collect millions of pounds of it, which makes it a viable product worth pursing." The company proposes to use compounds derived from hemolymph, which is lobster circulatory fluid, to improve human health and possibly the health of other mammals. Lobster...
By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press
January 27, 2020
Houston Chronicle
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said the state won't join, citing fears of a gas price hike. Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he couldn't support the initiative if it amounts to a tax on carbon. A spokesman for Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the state has yet to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for the TCI, citing the unique challenges of addressing transportation in a rural state. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. It would address pollution from transportation - which represents 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the region, the largest source of emissions. The area has tens of millions of registered vehicles. New Jersey has not committed to implementing the initiative while a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said his administration was still examining it. Virginia is also reviewing the draft memorandum. "I am happy to see that other Governors are following my lead in rightfully sounding the alarm on this new gas tax," Sununu said in a statement. "New Hampshire is proof that the best environmental stewardship can be achieved without massive tax schemes." Many of the states are already part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which covers 10 states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and targets emissions from the power sector. Under the agreement, wholesale fuel companies would be required to purchase pollution allowances at auction. The sale of those allowances could generate billions for states...
Eduardo Porter
January 27, 2020
www.nytimes.com
A benefactor's big gift will create a research center in Portland, Maine, testing a small city's ability to prosper as a magnet for innovation.
Associated Press
January 3, 2020
Boston Herald
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's proposal for protecting endangered right whales from entanglements in lobster gear would maintain the status quo for the number of trap lines in inshore waters where most traps are located while reducing the number of lines farther offshore, officials said Friday.
December 30, 2019
The Economic Times
Trump is all but certain to be acquitted on two articles of impeachment since the Constitution requires 67 votes to convict. But for just over half a dozen senators locked in the closest races, and a few others whose contests could tip competitive, their votes on whether to remove him from office will trigger inevitable political fallout.
By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press
December 29, 2019
Houston Chronicle
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - Coastal Maine has a lot of seaweed , and a fair number of cows. A group of scientists and farmers think that pairing the two could help unlock a way to cope with a warming world. The researchers - from a marine science lab, an agriculture center and universities in northern New England - are working on a plan to feed seaweed to cows to gauge whether that can help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. About a quarter of the methane in the country comes from cattle, which produce the gas when they belch or flatulate. The concept of feeding seaweed to cows has gained traction in recent years because of some studies that have shown its potential to cut back on methane. The reduction might be because the seaweed interrupts the process of production of the gas in the animals' guts. One of the big questions is which kinds of seaweed offer the highest benefit to farmers looking to cut methane, and the researchers hope to find out, said Nichole Price, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, and the project's leader. "What on that list has the ability to do two things - not just reduce methane emissions, but have some health benefits for the cow that have a cost savings or cost efficiency for the farmer?" Price said. The researchers plan to conduct feeding trials with cows in Maine and New Hampshire in 2020 and 2021 to see whether seaweeds that can be used as cattle feed can cut the methane. They also intend to screen seaweeds for compounds that make them useful as cattle feed additives. The lab work to determine whether the seaweeds succeed in reducing methane will take place at University of Vermont. The research team has received a $3 million grant...
Team Treehugger
December 16, 2019
TreeHugger
Our photo of the day comes from Winslow, Maine.
Jim Robbins
December 2, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Growers in northern states are combating virulent outbreaks of a disease as seasons grow warmer, orchards have been reconfigured for higher yields and new varieties may be more vulnerable.
Associated Press
December 1, 2019
Boston Herald
PORTLAND, Maine -- A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash. Lobster fishermen have brought in record hauls this decade, a period in which Maine catches that previously rarely topped 70 million pounds have routinely soared above 120 million [...]
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