The porch of a cottage in the first row of houses along Roy Carpenter's Beach. This is one of the cottages that will be moved to the back in the next 2 years. Photo by Avory Brookins for RIPR

South County Beach Community In Rhode Island Continues To Retreat As Ocean Creeps Inland

June 19, 2018

The cottages in these rows are in a prime oceanfront location, but they won’t be here for long. Within the next two years, they will be moved about a quarter mile inland, because the ocean is creeping in closer and closer every year.

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Eileen Sheehan looks out into the Westport River. Photo by Juan Rodriguez

Massachusetts Residents Worry Time Is Running Out For Salt Marsh Islands

June 12, 2018

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that span up and down the East Coast. They help protect coastal properties from strong waves during storms, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and serve as nurseries for fish and critical habitat for birds, such as ospreys. However, residents and fishermen started noticing these marsh islands, especially in the west branch of the river, rapidly disappearing.

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The large stones seen here were once the foundation of a garrison house that stood in the early 17th century near Great Bay. Photo by Jason Moon for NHPR

Archaeologists Find Eroding Coastlines Threaten Past as Much as Present

April 13, 2018

New Hampshire’s Seacoast is home to some of the earliest history of European settlers anywhere in the country. Believe it or not, much of that history is still being uncovered. But now climate change and sea-level rise is adding new urgency to those efforts.



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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

How The New England Aquarium Seeks To Urge Visitors To Act On Climate Change

April 3, 2018

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston’s Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.

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To Understand Great Bay’s Decline (and How to Stop It), Start on the Water

January 3, 2018

New Hampshire’s Great Bay and the Piscataqua River estuary have been in bad shape for years – and the latest data doesn’t show a lot of improvement.


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On New Hampshire’s Coast, Preparing for Future Storms with Grass, Sand and a Bit of Time

November 15, 2017

As New Hampshire’s coastline prepares for a world with rising seas and stronger storms, communities and homeowners have different options, none of them simple: seawalls, raised structures, a retreat from the shoreline.

But some scientists in New Hampshire are pitching a more natural approach. All it takes is a little grass and some time.



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Warming New England Forests Bringing New Destruction To Pine Trees

October 30, 2017

Pine forests in New England could soon be at the mercy of an incredibly destructive insect. The southern pine beetle is making its way north. And a new study says climate change could speed up its migration.


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Coastal Communities Challenge Updated FEMA New England Flood Maps

September 13, 2017

In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, observers are predicting that premiums for a cash-strapped federal flood insurance program are likely to rise. Along the Atlantic coast, meanwhile, communities from Rhode Island to Maine are already mounting a related challenge to the program: the accuracy of federal flood maps maps that designate who must pay those premiums in the first place.


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‘Hit First And Worst’: Region’s Communities Of Color Brace For Climate Change Impacts

July 27, 2017

The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

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New England’s Ski Industry Prepares For A Changing Climate

March 16, 2017

For the first time in decades, the length of the U.S. ski season is shrinking.

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