Portsmouth Museum Weighs Historic Preservation And Climate Change Risk

The historic Strawbery Banke district is the epicenter of climate change in Portsmouth. One of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, it’s flooding more often due to seas and heavier rains. And the Strawbery Banke Museum is facing choices that might once have been unthinkable: filling the basements of historic homes with concrete. It’s an…

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Trees: Our Mental, Physical, Climate Change Antidote

  There are many sugar maples along the banks of the Mill River in western Massachusetts. But this one is special, at least to Danielle Ignace. Its wide, green canopy keeps Ignace cool as she works or entertains friends, even on this hot summer day in Williamsburg. Its tens of thousands of leaves, rustling in…

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Can The Internet Be More Resilient To Climate Change? Some Are Banking On It

Data has replaced oil as the world’s most valuable resource. But increasingly, our data is stored remotely “in the cloud” and climate change — challenging the resilience of the internet — puts access to our data at risk. Urban planner Duane Verner learned just how vulnerable our data are in the climate-changing world. When the COVID-19…

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‘Weather Whiplash’ And Other Takeaways For Boston and New England From Major Climate Report

The world needs to get to net-zero carbon emissions by the 2030s to have a chance of avoiding the worst effects of climate change. That’s the stark message delivered in a sweeping report on the current scientific consensus on climate, released Monday by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report’s scope is global, but here are…

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Summer Rains Bring Mushroom Frenzy to New England

If you were hoping for hot, sunny days on the beach this summer, you’ve been mostly disappointed. But the wet, cool weather has been great for wild mushroom gatherers like Christine Gagnon. She’s known on Facebook for her pictures, including selfies with wild mushrooms, jokingly called “melfies.” On a recent walk along the Piscataqua River…

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Key Takeaways From Coastal Flooding Report On Martha’s Vineyard And Nantucket

Roughly 900 structures on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket may experience daily flooding from tides in 2050. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new report from the nonprofit Trustees of Reservations, which asked a consultant a few years ago to look at erosion and flood risk at their coastal properties. The Trustees is — somewhat surprisingly…

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The Last Rains of A Very Wet July Cause Road Damage, Flooding In Western New Hampshire

Around 20 towns throughout western New Hampshire are dealing with washed-out roads, damaged bridges and flooding after rain hit the area over the weekend. Jennifer Harper, New Hampshire’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management director, said recovery efforts have been difficult. She said her crews and the state’s department of transportation have been out helping affected…

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Wet Weather Waterlogs New Hampshire Summer Tourism

Recent heavy rain is putting a damper on New Hampshire’s summer activities. The record-setting rain that’s hit the state lately has limited the number of tourists heading outside. Many outdoor-centered businesses are improvising after expecting a busy summer with easing pandemic restrictions. New England is experiencing more precipitation, in larger, more concentrated amounts, and at…

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