NRCM just achieved a big legislative victory with passage of a sweeping, first-in-the-nation bill to collect and recycle light bulbs that contain mercury (compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs). Building off the success of Maine’s landmark electronic waste law, the new CFL bill directs light bulb manufacturers to share the costs and responsibility of recycling mercury-containing Read More
Nature of Maine Blog
The Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “Nature of Maine” blog gives you the inside scoop on some of the latest issues facing Maine’s environment. From environmental news to threats to opportunities, NRCM is on the frontlines of the latest goings-on—and we’re often leading the charge on efforts to protect Maine’s precious lands, air, waters, and wildlife. Read what NRCM staff members have to say and get the perspective of some of our members and supporters who have been guest contributors.
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We thought you might be interested in this opportunity – please contact Laura Sebastianelli directly if you would like to participate. Thanks! Wolf Inquiry Project Offers a 2nd Volunteer Training Holden – Due to popular demand, the Wolf Inquiry Project, an independent citizen science program, will be offering volunteers a second training opportunity to participate Read More
With the signature of his pen, Governor Baldacci today signed into law one of the most significant pieces of Maine energy policy ever. NRCM staff and members played a big role in developing and passing An Act Regarding Maine’s Energy Future, which also was a huge priority for Maine’s environmental community, energy efficiency businesses, and Read More
“It is essential that we take action now to head off some of the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change,” says University of Maine climate scientist Gordon Hamilton. “Some parts of the earth system are changing far more rapidly than we ever anticipated,” according to this scientist who has become a world expert on the impact Read More
For months now it has become clear that Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) is heading toward an approval of Seattle-based Plum Creek’s revised development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region. On Tuesday in Bangor, NRCM had one last opportunity to address LURC in person. After more than four years battling for changes in Plum Creek’s plan, Read More
With encouragement from the Natural Resources Council of Maine and others, Maine has recently become the first state to ban the use of lead wheel weights, which are used to balance tires. Phasing out lead wheel weights in favor of safer alternatives protects the health of families, wildlife and the environment. An estimated 20,000 pounds Read More
The Kennebec River has been surging with life this spring as millions of alewives (river herring) travel inland from the sea to reach spawning habitat that was inaccessible before two key dams were removed in 1999 and 2008. Osprey and Bald Eagles have been well fed, and the entire river ecosystem has benefited, as a Read More
NRCM Executive Director Brownie Carson says that the world has changed enormously in the past year, making Plum Creek’s massive development proposal for Moosehead Lake seem like nothing but land speculation. At a press conference before a final session of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission, Carson said “We are urging the Commission in the strongest Read More
Vast boreal forestlands in Alberta, Canada, are being ripped up by the world’s largest oil companies to extract “tar sands,” in what some have called the most destructive project on Earth. These tar sands are converted into a petroleum product destined mostly for sale in the United States. Maine currently imports very little gasoline from tar Read More