Environment and Outdoors

Environmental news

  Now that the worst of the storm is over, Mainers are cleaning up after Sandy, but more than 60 thousand Mainers are still without electricity, mostly in York and Cumberland Counties.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Gail Rice of Central Maine Power about the restoration of power and checked in with the Maine Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing recovery operations, and with the Coast Guard.

  Hurricane Sandy has the East Coast and Maine in its sights - are you ready for it?

Host Keith Shortall spoke with: 
Robert McAleer, Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency
Gail Rice of Central Maine Power Company
Maine Things Considered Meteorologist Max Riseman and
Hendricus J. Lulofs, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Gray.

  Winter is on its way. With it comes rising home energy costs. What you can do to get your home ready for winter.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Dana Fischer, Residential Program Manager, Efficiency Maine

David Ireland, Building contractor and Energy Advisor, David Ireland Builders

Biodiversity in Maine

Sep 20, 2012

  The Executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute and Jim Fowler - former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, discussed our state's wildlife and how we interact with it.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Dave Evers, Executive Director/Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute

and Jim Fowler, naturalist and former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Maine Outdoors

Jul 24, 2012

  Adventures in the great outdoors. A former Maine Game Warden and a former Maine Guide and bush pilot shared their adventures. Both have written books based on their adventures.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

John Ford, author of  Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste so Good and

Paul Fournier, author of Tales from Misery Ridge.

State of the Oceans

Jul 18, 2012

  The latest science, the threats to our oceans, gulfs and bays, and what's being done to protect them was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Dr. Susan Shaw, a marine toxicologist and President/CEO/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill, and Professor at The School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany

and Joe Payne the Casco Baykeeper of the Friends of Casco Bay.

  The Maine Coastal Program recently sponsored an event in recognition of World Oceans Day. Dr. Susan Shaw's presentation addressed the current imperiled state of the world’s oceans and the importance of preserving marine ecosystems for current and future generations.


Jun 19, 2012

  Back-to-the-landers. What are they up to? How has the 2nd generation of BTTL'ers changed from the first?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Melissa Coleman, author of This Life is in Your Hands

Joe Conway, writer who's working on a book and interviewing 2nd generation back-to-the-landers in Maine.  Joseph Conway's website

and Russell Libby, Executive Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

  The latest developments in renewable energy in Maine were discussed.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Dr. Habib Dagher, Professor of Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Maine and Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center

John Ferland, Vice President of Project Development of Ocean Renewable Power Company

  How is climate change affecting Maine's wildlife?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Andrew Whitman of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and

Malcolm Hunter, Professor of Wildlife at The University of Maine

  Captain Paul Watson, a Canadian environmental and animal rights activist, recently spoke in Bath at the Bath Marine Museum. The talk was sponsored by The Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. Captain Watson discussed his controversial tactics of nonviolence and direct action to stop whaling across the globe.

Captain Watson is the founder and president of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, the group featured on Animal Planet’s "Whale Wars". He is a former Sierra Club member and founding member of Greenpeace,

  Three experts discussed the impact of aquaculture on the Maine economy and the environment. Just how much seafood in our grocery stores and restaurants comes from aquaculture?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Matthew Moretti, Wild Ocean Aquaculture, LLC, Growers of Bangs Island Mussels

Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association and

Dana Morse, Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant


  Colby College in Waterville recently hosted a talk by Oceanographic Research Vessel Captain Charles Moore, author of Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.

Captain Charles Moore was returning from HAwaii when he noticed scraps of trash floating by every time he came on deck. This caused him to become a scientist-activist and to write his book "Plastic Ocean: How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans.”

  The University of Maine recently hosted a talk, 'Climate Whiplash: What happens after global warming?', by Curt Stager, a paleoecologist, educator, Science Journalist and author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth. His talk is about the very long-term effects of global warming.

  Celebrating the great Outdoors in Maine.   We'll get a preview of the upcoming Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, on March 2-4, a public-private partnership of events around the state to celebrate the how, where and what of being active outdoors in Maine.

Great Maine Outdoor WeekendHost Keith Shortall speaks with:

Scot Balentine; Senior Product Developer for Equipment, LLBean Inc.

Warren (Whit) Whitney; Land Trust Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust