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Greasing the wheels

In the six months since we wrote about them last, the folks at Portland's Garbage to Garden curbside composting program have seen impressive growth.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2013

Get it done

Unity College, a small school in Waldo County with a focus on environmental issues, announced this year that it will pull its investments from the fossil-fuel industry — underscoring that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to address
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 21, 2012
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UN Climate Talks 2030

Let's get serious. Maybe.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  December 14, 2012
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Harvard students push for fossil-fuel divestment

Throughout 350.org's Do the Math tour this month, climate-change warrior Bill McKibben has blasted Harvard, his alma mater, for the school's failure to fully divest from South African companies two decades ago.
Oil and ivy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012

Meters, smart?

A device intended to cut air pollution, decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency is under attack from a small but passionate group of activists who say the technology is harmful and invasive.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2012
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Going Green Guide(1)

Save the environment! And maybe lose all of your friends in the process.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 26, 2012


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How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
One Nation Under Mitt
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012
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Asleep at the wheel

In the early morning of April 9, 2007, a small armada of Cardi Corporation trucks crept up Rustic Hill Road in North Scituate to the construction site for the new Ponaganset Middle School.
The state's weak system for vetting contractors allows millions to flow to companies with poor environmental and workplace safety records. It needs to be fixed
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012
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Tar Sands Disaster?

The activists, clad mostly in black, flowed slowly and silently down Battery Street in Burlington.
Big oil’s risky plan could have massive environmental impacts on Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

One of the most assured debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin's folk tale is a portrait of the wonder and heartbreak that comes with being too young to understand what you experience.
Benh Zeitlin's folk tale
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 06, 2012

Instant runoff

The city is considering a new stormwater fee that would help pay for improvements and maintenance to Portland's old and overburdened wastewater system and in doing so, keep raw sewage, industrial waste, pesticides, oil, and dog crap (some call it a "tox
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 08, 2012


Looking ahead

Lance Tapley's assessment of environmental protection efforts during the 125th Legislature (see "'Holding the Line,'" May 25) gives due credit to some like Senator Tom Saviello, but ignores integral efforts of important others.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, June 8, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 08, 2012

Shipping news

The loss of the nascent container-ship line in Portland's harbor last week was not just a blow to the city's desired reputation as a shipping hub — but also to the environment.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 11, 2012

Best in Eco-Show

In this week's paper, we honor the Best that Portland has to offer, and I'll do so here as well.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 13, 2012

Get into the garden

As the city considers expanding its community garden program, Portland has the opportunity to delve deeper into urban permaculture ("permanent agriculture") — building ecological systems that model nature, with plants that work together with minimal mai
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012

Fader in the middle

Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
Political trivia
By AL DIAMON  |  February 24, 2012


Seeking redemption

Since 2006, CLYNK has been recycling bottles and cans at its South Portland plant (more than 270 million, according to the ticking counter on its website), allowing customers to accumulate balances in personal accounts that can be redeemed for cash or do
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 17, 2012

Magic power

A few months after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, my wife and I were wandering around the eastern part of that city and came upon a little antique shop, where the last vestiges of the old Communist ways were slowly being flushed out, much to the own
Energy prices – and sources
By AL DIAMON  |  February 03, 2012

Hear Bill McKibben speak!


The man being hailed as key in killing the Keystone XL pipeline is speaking in Westbrook tonight. Deirdre Fulton spoke with him this week; read...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 20, 2012

Truth to power

It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012


Alternative Energy Alternatives

A hydro-electric generator in every beer bong.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 09, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

The Media on RI's Alternative Energy Push


Rhode Island's PBS station, WSBE, will be tackling Rhode Island's green energy foray with a pair of panel discussions, spliced with recorded segments, set to premier October 17....
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 07, 2011
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Talking trash with the League

The second site visit of the League of Young Voters' Portland 101 program, which Jeff Inglis outlined last week (see " Young Activists Explore Police Department ," September 23), took the group to ecomaine, the non-profit waste management facility locate
Portland 101
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011


Libertarian billionaire funds university enviro-lectures

The University of Maine at Machias announced last week that the campus will be welcoming its first Koch Speaker on Environmentalism and Freedom on October 6.
Koch Brothers Watch
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 23, 2011

Whitehouse, Other Liberals Press Obama on Environment


The Obama Administration dealt environmentalists a major blow last week when it announced it was blocking an important new air pollution rule that had come under...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 07, 2011

Into the pipeline

Despite the fact that it could have major impact on global warming, and despite the fact that it is inspiring large-scale acts of civil disobedience among climate scientists and environmental activists, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project isn
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2011
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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011