Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.



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

Forest pathologist Bob Marra demonstrates equipment used to internally scan trees. "If we’re going to look to forests as a way to sequester carbon, we should develop much more accurate estimates of how much carbon is actually sequestered," Marra said. Photo by Patrick Skahill for Connecticut Public Radio

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.

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Former President George H. W. Bush Remembered in Maine

Flowers and wreaths adorn a naval anchor honoring President George H.W. Bush on a bluff overlooking Walker's Point in Kennebunkport on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Photo by Irwin Gratz for Maine Public

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.

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Why This Invasive Plant Has A Shot At Some Redemption

Fall colors in the marshes around Plum Island Sound. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

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.

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Native Dishes From Sudan And New Holiday Traditions in Connecticut

Fouad Dagoum, Kutti Dagoum, Bonnie Bayuk, Azhar Ahmed, and Lames Abdelrahman. Photo by Amar Batra for Connecticut Public Radio

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.

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