Covering Climate Now

A tap at in a sugar maple on the property where Gray Jay Mapleworks operates. (Esta Pratt-Kielley/Maine Public)

This year for Earth Week, the New England News Collaborative is bringing stories on how climate change is affecting food systems in our region — and ways that New Englanders are adapting to a warming world.

This collection of stories through Earth Day, April 22, 2022, is produced in collaboration with NENC stations.

Climate change is overwhelming, but many New Englanders are looking for ways to do something about it by “living greener.” WBUR wants to help with their new 3-week newsletter “Cooked: the search for sustainable eats.” Understand how to reduce your impact on climate change through the food you eat & take actionable steps so you can make a difference! Sign up here.

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

This page includes our archive from Earth Day 2021, featuring stories of people living through our climate emergency and 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. 

With A Drone and Patience, Scientists Track Endangered Right Whale in Cape Cod Bay

Eve Zuckoff | April 16, 2021

On a recent cool, windy day, a team of scientists aboard a weatherbeaten 55-foot sailboat motored across Cape Cod Bay toward Provincetown, where dozens of North Atlantic right whales had been spotted days earlier. “A bunch of whales were [seen] on a line between the mouth of Barnstable Harbor to Wood End off Provincetown. So…

Grounded In Science, Climate Researchers Are Rethinking How Often They Fly

Jesse Remedios | April 7, 2021

Boston University biology professor Pamela Templer is a real-life Lorax. She studies the effects of climate change on trees across New England: from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts, and in urban areas like the campus at Boston University along Commonwealth Avenue. “I love working with trees,” Templer said.…

A Triple-Decker For The 21st Century: Airtight And Solar-Powered

Simón Rios | March 12, 2021

Standing in front of her three-level house in Somerville, Lena Sheehan looks down at the construction of a new high school and transportation hub just a block away. “I can’t get over it, I haven’t been here in so long,” she says. “This is the new T — isn’t that brilliant, right beside the house.”…

Pandemic Sparks Innovation At New Hampshire’s Influential Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Annie Ropeik | February 4, 2021

At the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in northern New Hampshire, the pandemic broke a decades-long streak of field research. Now, scientists there are adapting with new technology – recording the sounds of the forest, which they hope will transform their long and influential record of a changing world. In late fall, Dartmouth biologist Matt Ayres…