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Colleen Allard looks on at the playhouse in her backyard on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. It was made with materials salvaged by WasteNot, a company on Cape Cod that finds materials to be repurposed for various construction projects. (Raquel C. Zaldívar/New England News Collaborative)

Climate change “super” solutions, like increasing solar and wind power, are well underway in New England. But in a region where residents see the effects of climate change year round, everyday solutions are also essential: like how we bury our dead or get the kids to school.

For Earth Day 2023, journalists from the New England News Collaborative worked together to tell stories of people in New England who are finding unexpected and creative ways to act on climate change.

For more climate coverage, visit Maine Public’s Climate Driven series and NENC partners including NHPR’s By Degrees, Vermont Public, Connecticut Public, WBUR, WSHU, NEPM, CAI Cape and Islands and GBH.

This page includes our archive from Earth Day 2022 and 2021, featuring stories on how climate change is affecting food systems in New England, as well as what our region is doing to lower emissions. These stories dovetailed with Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. For ongoing stories on climate change in New England, click here.

Coastal Seniors and Climate Change: Retirement Dreams Threatened As Coastal Living Increasingly Risky

Eve Zuckoff | April 23, 2021

When Nelson Orr, 70, retired from his job as an X-ray tech at a Boston hospital, he knew what would come next. He and wife moved full-time into their gray-shingled beachfront home in the town of Barnstable, embracing its original exposed beams and decorating with an old wooden carousel horse in the entranceway. “This is…

How ‘Eco-Warrior’ Alexis Rockman’s Trippy Paintings Of Shipwrecks Confront The Climate Crisis

Andrea Shea | April 23, 2021

Shipwrecks have stoked fear in our collective imaginations throughout history. But what can these disasters at sea say about humans’ damaging impact on the planet? That’s something artist Alexis Rockman confronts in his new series of psychedelic, large-scale paintings on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. “Alexis Rockman has been described as an…

More Clean Energy Will Demand Bigger Battery Storage To Power New England Grid

J.D. Allen | April 23, 2021

The push to switch from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy will mean a lot more demand for battery storage. It’s just part of massive efforts to modernize the electric grid in New England and the nation to meet the challenge of climate change. The future of renewable energy in New England depends on…

How Risk From Climate Change Will Reshape Flood Insurance In N.H. and New England

Annie Ropeik | April 22, 2021

People living on and off the coast of New England will soon be at a greater risk from flooding due to heavier rain and rising seas caused by climate change. Global warming will put more pressure on the federal flood insurance program, which is already overstretched, prompting an overhaul to be completed later this year.…

Earth Day 2021: Fighting Climate Change Around New England

The Exchange | April 22, 2021

For Earth Day 2021, NHPR reporter Annie Ropeik hosted a roundtable of reporters from the New England News Collaborative for a special episode of NHPR’s The Exchange. They highlighted innovations and signs of progress in tackling climate change in New England, as well as the issues that are top of mind. GUESTS: Daniela Allee – NHPR reporter…

Este Día de La Tierra, Conversamos Sobre La Importancia De Cuidar La Energía

Maria Aguirre and Daniela Allee | April 22, 2021

Hoy en Qué Hay, queremos conversar sobre los problemas que enfrenta el planeta, como la contaminación del aire, que afectan la calidad de vida de las familias de bajo ingreso de New England. Para conversar del tema, tenemos a Rebecca Baez-Castro, vicepresidenta de Green Eco Warriors, organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Windsor,…

Electric Cars Could ‘Electrify The Future’ Of Northeast Transportation And Climate Initiative

J.D. Allen | April 22, 2021

A patchwork of states have joined in an effort to modernize transportation along the East Coast and reduce gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This Transportation and Climate Initiative would also bring more electric vehicles (EVs) to New England roads and changes to the region’s power grid. Everyday feels like an electric car show…

As New Hampshire Warms, UNH Studies Effects Of More Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Rick Ganley, Annie Ropeik and Mary McIntyre | April 21, 2021

In New Hampshire and much of New England, climate change is already causing a lot more of what’s sometimes called winter whiplash — rapid freeze-thaw cycles, from unusually warm to bitter cold and back again mid-season. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are working to learn more about how this affects ecosystems and people.…

As New England Wind Power Grows, Local Activists Try To Halt Natural Gas Projects

J.D. Allen and Patrick Skahill | April 21, 2021

The fight against fossil fuel expansion in New England has a new front in Killingly, Connecticut. Climate activists want the state to reject a proposed natural gas plant there, which is tied to the company behind a controversial pipeline development currently underway in Minnesota and a recently completed natural gas line in New England. Connecticut’s…

Powerlines in Medway, MA. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

As Biden’s Climate Summit Approaches, Carbon Pricing Remains Uncertain

Susan Sharon | April 21, 2021

President Joe Biden is inviting world leaders to join him later this week for a virtual climate summit, where the president is expected to announce a new, lower target for U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction is seen as essential for slowing climate change. Biden has also pledged to adopt new regulations for fossil fuel…