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Slippery salvation: Could seaweed as cow feed help climate?

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...

 

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the...

 

Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the most beloved birds in Maine is having one of its most productive seasons for mating pairs in years on remote islands off the state's coast. Atlantic puffins, with their colorful beaks and waddling walks, are one...

 

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the...

 

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right wha...

 

'We all feel it': Motorcyclists mourn death of 7 in crash

RANDOLPH, N.H. (AP) — Investigators pleaded Saturday for members of the public to come forward with information that could help them determine why a pickup truck hauling a trailer collided with a group of 10 motorcycles on a rural highway, killing...

 

Scientists look to map the genes of thousands of animals

A group of scientists unveiled the first results Thursday of an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species, a project they said could help save animals from extinction down the line. The scientists are working with the...

 

China tariffs could erode remaining US shark fin business

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new set of Chinese tariffs on U.S. seafood including items made from shark fins could further erode what remains of the American industry for the controversial products. China announced the 25 percent tariffs in mid-June...

 

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Trump administration's anti-marijuana move has some members of the president's voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of...

 

Getting more 'wolflike' is the key to the future for coyotes

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the "wolves" of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them. Coyotes have lived in the...

 

Maine blueberry crop falls with disease, lack of pollination

Portland, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as disease and a lack of pollination. The New England state is the wild blueberry...

 

US, Canada to investigate deaths of endangered whales

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marine authorities in the U.S. and Canada said Friday they will marshal resources to try to find out what's behind a string of deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales. The animals are among the rarest marine mammals...

 

Scientists alarmed by 6 right whales deaths in Canada

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marine scientists are alarmed by the deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters during the past three weeks and say humans must help protect them. North Atlantic right whales are among the most...

 

Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary. A federal appeals court decided this week to keep alive a lawsuit by dairy...

 

Loons and lager, ducks on draft: Birders, brewers form flock

SABATTUS, Maine (AP) — In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there's a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings. Tours and events...

 

Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate

The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president. The...

 

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