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Maine Fishermen Prepare For Losses And Gains In A Climate-Changed Ocean

September 23, 2019

In 30 years, the Gulf of Maine will have been transformed by climate change. Its waters will inexorably grow warmer, and the species that flourish there will be those that can adapt. The same might be said for the Mainers who make their living from the sea. The future of the state’s marine economy may…

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September 17, 2019

Future? In Massachusetts, nuclear power is history. Last spring, Massachusetts’ last nuclear power plant — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station — shut down after nearly 50 years. Repairing the aging plant was too expensive, and it couldn’t compete against cheap natural gas. Nuclear opponents like Mary Lampert, founder of the citizens’ group Pilgrim Watch, say “good…

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September 16, 2019

From the school-skipping 16-year-old Swedish activist raising global awareness about climate change, to the Green New Deal and the emergence of the Sunrise Movement across the U.S., young people are leading the charge for environmental change and action. While youth climate activism is not a new phenomenon, the dire warnings about inaction give today’s movement a heightened urgency. Former Environmental Protection Agency…

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Why A Commercial Fisherman Turned To Restorative Ocean Farming

June 13, 2019

Bren Smith began his career as a commercial fisherman, but now is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Farm, a 3D restorative ocean farm in Connecticut. He’s also the author of the new book, Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.

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How One Boston Doctor And Her Family Confront Climate Change

May 21, 2019

The image — of a child and an animal skeleton in a drought-stricken landscape —popped open just below a headline about the rapidly advancing effects of climate change. The story — about a United Nations report — described a world at risk for crises triggered by drought, flooding and extreme heat by 2040. Before reading…

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Cross-country skiers take advantage of great conditions - which have been the minority this winter - at Windblown ski area in New Ipswich in late February. Photo by Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Old-School Snow Sports Push Through ‘Winter Whiplash’ of Climate Change

March 20, 2019

The melty weather in New Hampshire this winter has been a big problem for some kinds of seasonal recreation — and it’s all part of a long-term warming trend.

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Sandbags hold back water at the entrance to the Aquarium MBTA station during the March 2 nor'easter. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

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.

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Chelsie Lent and Carole Clarke are co-owners of Scenic View Campground in Warren, NH. The Baker River, which runs along the back of their property, has flooded multiple times in recent years. Photo by Britta Greene for NHPR

Climate Change Isn’t Leading This Election Season, But Some Voters Say It Should Be

October 29, 2018

Last Halloween was not a great one for Chelsie Lent. A bad storm blew across New Hampshire, flooding part of a campground she owns in Warren, along the Baker River.

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Photo by Sam Evans-Brown for NHPR

Gubernatorial Candidates Explore Energy Policy, Economy And Environment

October 19, 2018

How are gubernatorial candidates around our region talking about climate change? Annie Ropeik and Bruce Gellerman join John Dankosky to discuss how the candidates for Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are discussing environmental issues. 

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

How The Two Candidates For Massachusetts Governor Compare On Environmental Issues

October 11, 2018

Massachusetts environmental politics and policies take center stage this week at Boston’s Museum of Science. There, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez will take turns discussing their environmental records and plans for the state’s future.

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