An “old-fashioned” push mower saves even more pollution than the cleanest power mower—and helps get your lawn and your body in shape! The EPA estimates that lawn mowers and other yard equipment produce about 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution. Bonus: A push mower also means no noise pollution. To view more tips, click… Continue Reading
This photo of a 12-spotted skimmer was taken by NRCM member Leda Beth Gray of Blue Hill, Maine. Leda Beth captured this beautiful image at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. According to the Moosehorn NWR website, the “National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and… Continue Reading
Don’t dump sour milk down the drain. Instead, spray it on outdoor plants like tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and peppers to help defend against specific viruses and powdery mildew disease. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Drop leftover soap shards into a clean, dry sock and hang it in your fruit trees or shrubbery to deter deer from nibbling on them. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Parking out of the sun and in the shade will help keep the car cool and slow fuel evaporation. It may also keep you from having to turn on the air condition quite so soon—or at all—once you’re back on the road. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the… Continue Reading
Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week is unquestionably a win for our health and environment. Ethical pitfalls aside, Pruitt pursued an agenda that explicitly favored polluting industries over environmental protections, undermining the core mission of the EPA. However, even with Pruitt’s departure, there are no halcyon days to come. Let’s… Continue Reading
I’ve been writing a lot about gardens and pollinators lately, but my roots are really in the woods. I was raised in Maine and have studied wildlife in forest environments for decades. My love of the woods is also in my blood. I come from a long line of forest dwellers. My great-grandfather (aptly named… Continue Reading
Maine Environment Spring 2018: What’s Inside! In this issue of Maine Environment, we feature an important story about big-picture implications of plastic waste, and why we need to shift away from the use of “convenience plastics.” It also highlights the work Sarah Lakeman, NRCM’s Sustainable Maine project director, is doing with local Maine towns to… Continue Reading
People everywhere are talking about plastic pollution more than ever. Researchers all over the world are studying the unnerving prevalence of plastic in the environment and documenting its devastating impacts on our ecosystems—and their findings are startling. You may have heard the terrifying estimate that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050; or… Continue Reading