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USM team holds DNA clues to spill’s impact on whales | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

USM team holds DNA clues to spill’s impact on whales | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Lab goes to sea: USM science team sails south to study oil spill’s effects on whales | Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — A University of Southern Maine professor and  a crew of students are embarking on an expedition to learn how the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is affecting the health of whales.

The research vessel, Odyssey,  a 93-foot, two-masted sailboat packed with laboratory equipment, is now berthed at DiMillo’s Marina. The vessel is scheduled to depart Portland next Friday.

John Wise, a professor of toxicology and molecular epidemiology at the University of Southern Maine, is the lead scientist. At least 10 USM students will be on board for some portion of the three-month expedition.

The vessel is carrying Wise’s cellular molecular laboratory – the only laboratory of its kind at sea, according to Iain Kerr, chief executive officer of Ocean Alliance, the Massachusetts nonprofit that owns the $1.5 million ketch.

Wise and the crew will be hunting for cell samples of sperm, humpback and Bryde’s whales. Wise will study DNA extracted from the cells to examine the effects of pollution.

He will use his lab to grow additional cells, which in effect become a permanent living sample for further study.

The creation of new cell lines from wild marine animals is difficult if not impossible to do because the cells degrade within hours, Wise said. That’s why it’s important to have a floating laboratory.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Tom Bell in the Portland Press Herald.

Whitehouse, Snowe propose national ocean endowment | Bangor Daily News

Whitehouse, Snowe propose national ocean endowment – Bangor Daily News.

Maine heating oil prices hold steady | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine heating oil prices hold steady | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers full of gusto for wind power, survey finds | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers full of gusto for wind power, survey finds | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine DEP sending 2 skimmers, crew to Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine DEP sending 2 skimmers, crew to Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers in thick of vital task: removing oil | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers in thick of vital task: removing oil | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers go to Gulf with helpful tools, run into obstacles | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers go to Gulf with helpful tools, run into obstacles | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers head south to Gulf as oil continues to flow | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers head south to Gulf as oil continues to flow | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

From June 10-12, 2010, participating restaurants throughout the United States will set aside a portion of profits to help those directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to support the long-term restoration of the treasured coast.

Click here to learn more.

Solution for Gulf of Mexico oil spill

We should plug the oil spill with BP executives. It might not actually stop the spill, but it sure would be some justice.

Maine monitoring gulf oil spill | Bangor Daily News

Maine monitoring gulf oil spill – Bangor Daily News.

Mainers call for an end to offshore drilling | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers call for an end to offshore drilling | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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Unveiling of climate bill will include offshore drilling clauses | SustainableBusiness.com News

The long-awaited climate change bill is due to be unveiled in the U.S. Senate today. But a summary of the bill circulated in the media yesterday.

The Associated Press reported that under the new bill, coastal states could veto offshore drilling plans of nearby states, if they can prove negative impacts from an accident. 

This clause is undoubtedly part of last-minute changes made in response to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. 

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Poll: Gulf spill influences public’s desire for clean energy legislation | SustainableBusiness.com News

Seven in ten Americans say clean energy legislation must be fast-tracked in the wake of the catastrophic Gulf oil spill, according to a new Natural Resources Defense Council poll.

In addition, two-thirds want all new offshore drilling delayed pending the outcome of a full and independent investigation into the disaster and the implementation of new safeguards to protect against such debacles in the future.

The survey queried 803 registered voters nationwide May 4-6, and suggests that the public – if not Congress–is ready to support reasonable climate change and energy legislation.

“It’s no surprise to me that Americans watching this ghastly disaster unfold are seeing it as a wake-up call for action we urgently need to take,” NRDC Director of Programs Wesley Warren said. “Now is the time for Washington to give America the change in direction it deserves.”

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Maine oil skimmer due in Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine oil skimmer due in Gulf | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Lewiston woman collecting hair to help clean up Gulf oil spill | Lewiston Sun Journal

Lewiston woman collecting hair to help clean up Gulf oil spill | Lewiston Sun Journal