Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


How Do You Measure How Much Carbon Is In A Tree?

December 5, 2018

The latest national climate assessment says forests play a key role in keeping our air clean. According to the report, America’s forests stored the equivalent of 11 percent of the country’s C-O-2 emissions over a 25 year period. That’s because when trees breathe they suck up carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and store that leftover carbon in their trunks. But how scientists determine the amount of carbon stored in a tree is a question open for debate.

Former President George H. W. Bush Remembered in Maine

December 1, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush died late Friday. For many in the community surrounding Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, the former president was much more than the leader of the free world — he was their beloved friend and neighbor.

Why This Invasive Plant Has A Shot At Some Redemption

November 27, 2018

Robert Buchsbaum walks into a salt marsh on Boston’s North Shore. Around him towers a stand of bushy-topped Phragmites australis, an invasive plant commonly known as the common reed. Or, as some call it: the all-too-common reed.

5 Takeaways For New England From The U.S. Climate Report

November 26, 2018

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod.

In New England, These Exonerated Prisoners Take A Leap Of Faith

November 26, 2018

On Memorial Day, Darrell Jones was standing with a group of men who hardly knew each, but who share an unenviable life experience as former prisoners.

The Last Chocolate Turkeys: New Hampshire Farmer Ends Effort To Sustain Endangered Breed

November 21, 2018

A farmer in Loudon, New Hampshire is calling it quits on a years-long project – to breed a rare type of turkey called the Chocolate turkey.

Native Dishes From Sudan And New Holiday Traditions in Connecticut

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends and share a meal together. For many U.S. families, that means roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. But for some refugee families, the holiday can be a time to share native dishes and new holiday traditions.

Northampton Makes History With First Recreational Pot Sales East Of The Mississippi

November 21, 2018

There’s no shortage of people eager to be part of history in Northampton, Massachusetts this week — or at least get their hands on some killer buds.

What Secrets Are Hidden Inside The Call Of A Bat?

November 20, 2018

The fungal disease White-nose syndrome has killed off millions of bats across America.

Golden Wins Nation’s First Ranked-Choice Voting Runoff For A Congressional Seat

November 16, 2018

Democrat Jared Golden became the first candidate to unseat an incumbent from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in more than a century on Thursday when he was named the winner of the nation’s first ranked-choice voting runoff for a congressional contest.


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