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Keith Shortall / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins participated in a discussion of the health and economic ramifications of climate change for Maine at a Portland event.

The event was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at MaineHealth. The round-table discussion included the Republican senator and conservationists, farmers, medical professionals and representatives from the energy industry. Members of the panel were expected to discuss climate change's potential effects on farming, fishing, tourism, public health and other subjects.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature is considering a measure that would ease the way for development near so-called "vernal pools," which provide breeding habitat for frogs, salamanders and turtles.

TUCSON, ARIZONA - A new study indicates that sea levels along the coast of Maine rose rapidly during a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.  

The University of Arizona-led study, done in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that ocean levels between New York and Newfoundland jumped nearly 4 inches in that period.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
HALLOWELL, Maine - Maine utility regulators have decided to reconsider proposals for two wind power projects that it had previously approved.

The three-member Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 on Wednesday to reopen negotiations for the Weaver and Highland Wind projects, which received initial approval for long-term contracts in December. The contracts were not yet finalized.

PORTLAND, Maine — The City Council here is the latest municipality in the state to pass a resolution asking Congress to protect and defend the Clean Air Act.

Portland passed its resolution on Monday night. The city joins Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Hallowell, Lewiston and South Portland, which have passed similar resolutions.

Portland's resolution calls for "stronger federal ozone standards, and all national, state, and community efforts to address the root causes of climate change."