Composting at the University of Maine

Off Rangeley Road, behind the Printing and Mailing Services, there is a hidden gem on the University of Maine’s campus. It’s forty feet long, one of a kind, nine years old, and costs $140,000.  It is the University of Maine’s composting system. This composter takes in 4500 to 5000 pounds of food from the dining […]

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Buying Locally and Seasonally: How It Benefits the Consumer

Thanksgiving is coming up, which is an important American holiday that focuses on food, giving thanks, food, gratitude, food, and, of course, food. As we think about how grateful we are, we should also wonder where that turkey came from this year, and who grew the corn. Buying locally and seasonally are two ideas that […]

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Palm Oil – What is it and why is it important?

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that is extracted from the fruit of oil palm trees around the world, including South America, Asia, Indonesia, and Africa. It is in close to 50% of the packaged products we have, from chocolate to shampoo to biofuel. (WWF) It is extremely versatile and has many useful properties. […]

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Egg Carton Bats hanging on a chandelier

Sustainable Decoration and DIY Halloween Ideas

It’s the time of year when the spooky elements start coming out and the leaves start falling from the trees. That probably means you’re thinking about decorations for your room, your door, your lawn, or your apartment. You’re probably even stalking that one special decoration at Walmart or Target in hopes that it goes on […]

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Earth Day: Why is it Important?

As many of you may already know, on April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day. However, some of you might be wondering how we came to celebrate it? The easiest place to start is at the beginning, or rather, a little before the beginning technically. The first Earth Day was 51 years ago on April 22nd, 1970, but we need to look back a little further to understand how Earth Day started. For those of you who have read our article on Women’s History Month this is going to sound pretty familiar.

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Moose affected by the tick uprise

David vs. Goliath, The story of Moose and Winter Tick

Moose may be some of the most intriguing animals in the entire world. Moose populations have always been important ecologically and culturally in much of the northern United States (Ellingwood, 2018). In the northern New England states there are currently over 60,000 moose spread throughout the region. Sadly moose populations have not been faring well due to a small but destructive enemy. Ticks. The emergence of these tiny terrors has had terrible impacts on the populations of moose.

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Daily Global CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels showing dropoff in 2020 due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19’s Impact on the Environment

Over the past year the world had been shaken by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Regardless of who you are, chances are the pandemic has had some type of impact on you and how you would go about your day to day activities. Wearing masks, working from home, online classes, etc. the pandemic has caused changes like this across the world. All of these changes have clearly had impacts on us, but how did Covid-19 affect the environment?

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Women's History Month

Women and the Environment

As we come to the end of March, also known as Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize the contributions and achievements of many influential women in our past and present. Women’s History Month can trace its roots back to the early 1980’s with the Presidential proclamation of the first Women’s History Week in March, 1982.

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Oil pipeline through a desert

Keystone/XL Pipeline Cancellation

On January 20th, 2020 construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline in the United States stopped in anticipation of President Joe Biden’s plan to revoke the construction permit for the project. This pipeline has been a hot button issue between those looking to curb fossil fuel usage and those wanting to further economic development (PBS). The previous two administrations showcased this division in thought with President Barack Obama rejecting the XL project and President Donald Trump providing the presidential permit for it to be constructed.

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Paris Climate Agreement art by Cienpies Design

The Paris Climate Conundrum

During the administration of the former president, Donald Trump, the United States had withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement. The official withdrawal from the agreement had occurred on November 4th, 2020 a year after the US began the process of withdrawing (BBC.) With the beginning of a new administration under president Joe Biden, the US once again chose to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. The process took 30 days to complete with the US finally rejoining the agreement on February 26th, 2021(NBC.)

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