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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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Around the globe, stay-at-home orders have halted operations at factories, grounded flights, cleared highways of vehicles, and shuttered most shops, hotels, restaurants, and offices. While these shutdowns have created a headache for families and crippled economies, there are signs the planet is breathing a sigh of relief. Global carbon dioxide emissions were down 17 percent…

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  The 1960s were a time of reckoning for humans’ relationship with the planet. The world population ballooned, straining resources. Three centuries of unregulated industrialization and urbanization had poisoned Earth’s air, waters, plants, and wildlife. Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring, awakened the nation and its leaders to the ecological hazards of agricultural pesticides….

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1. WINDY SCENES In November, AMC released “The Impact of Wind Power Development on High Value Scenic Resources in Maine,” a report—conducted in cooperation with Maine Audubon Society—that reviews how existing and potential wind turbines in Maine affect the scenic view of mountain summits and great ponds.   2. PADDLE AND CAMP Paddlers can now…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club is one of ten environmental groups that together filed a lawsuit in August against the Trump administration over the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), saying the rule would be detrimental to the environment and to public health. The rule, rolled out in June, replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and helps…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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With environmental conservation at the core of its mission, AMC closely monitors energy-related projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. When those projects infringe on natural resources, AMC weighs in and often takes action. AMC has been involved in evaluating and commenting on windpower projects for more than two decades and was instrumental in developing legislation,…

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When it comes to wind energy, the New England coast is a perfect storm: The wind blows more strongly and steadily here than it does in most parts of the country; relatively shallow waters make for easier turbine installation; and thanks to coastal population density, there is significant energy demand. Even so, offshore wind power…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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Throughout its history, AMC has supported and fought for protecting the outdoor resources of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. So I was encouraged this summer when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Clean Power Plan, a multiyear, multisolution approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving healthier air. I’m sometimes asked why an organization…

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