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New England’s fall foliage harder to predict as the climate changes, biologists say

October 7, 2022

It’s fall foliage season, and climate change has made it harder to predict the timing and the vibrancy of the leaves, according to local biologists. The season is a multi-billion dollar industry for the region. The red, orange, and yellow shades of New England make it a beloved travel destination this time of year. But some…

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September 27, 2022

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in America. In 2020, federal data show more farmers died from fatal occupational injuries than did police officers, logging workers, or roofers. But in the agriculture industry, access to affordable health care is challenging – particularly for new farmers. Mary Claire Whelan has farmed for five seasons in Connecticut.…

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Lobsters caught by Spruce Head Fisherman's Coop in South Thomaston, Maine. Photo by Maine Public Radio

Influential seafood guide recommends against consuming lobster over danger to whales

September 6, 2022

An international seafood rating program has red-listed the American lobster because it poses a threat to the survival of endangered North Atlantic right whales. The designation from Seafood Watch means the group is urging businesses and consumers to avoid buying lobster. Seafood Watch, a program out of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, says entanglement in fishing…

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‘Flash droughts’ and weather ‘whiplash.’ Welcome to New England’s climate future

August 26, 2022

To put it bluntly, it kinda just stopped raining this summer. Parts of the northeast that typically get about 9 inches over June, July and August have gotten a fraction of that. Rivers are running low and many streams have gone dry or become a series of disconnected puddles. Lawns are crunchy, vegetation is shriveling and groundwater levels are…

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Hameed Bello, wearing a cowboy hat, holds a bowl of potatoes on his farm, Agric Organics in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts urban, rural farmers feeling effects of severe drought

August 26, 2022

Around New England, several states are experiencing severe drought. That includes almost all of Massachusetts. Wells and reservoirs are at all-time lows, so are streams and rivers. The rain earlier this week helped, but it wasn’t enough. In Granby, Massachusetts, at Red Fire Farm some fields are looking worse than others. “We have one field…

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Boston sees sluggish summer for connecting youth to career pathways

August 23, 2022

Boston boasts a large network of city-run and nonprofit programs dedicated to connecting young people with enriching summer jobs. These positions in government, health care, business and the private sector are seen as a way to foster career skills development and offer mentorship to area teens. But this summer, there’s a problem — those connections…

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So you’re in the market for an electric vehicle? Here’s how the new federal and Mass. laws will help

August 18, 2022

August has been a big month for the environment. At the national level, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which allocates over $360 billion to help fight climate change. And more locally, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a sweeping state climate and clean energy bill into law. Both laws cover a lot of ground. But one notable…

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Connecticut agriculture chief says drought is hitting farmers’ pocketbooks

August 16, 2022

For many Connecticut residents, the impacts of an ongoing drought extend only as far as brown lawns or wilting flowers in a garden bed. But weeks of dry weather are having a more serious impact on the state’s agriculture industry, forcing farmers to buy extra water and recalibrate their plans for harvest. “Connecticut dairy men…

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Festival Latino en Nashua reúne a orgullosos emprendedores

August 1, 2022

Janeth Valdez usa un complicado delineador dorado. Ella dice que siempre ha sido muy femenina, por lo que decidió iniciar su propio negocio de maquillaje. A cada paleta le ha dado un nombre que representa su personalidad. Está “soñadora”, “fisgona” y “ asesina”. Valdez vendía maquillaje para una gran empresa multinacional pero estaba cansada de…

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Nashua, N.H.’s Latin Festival brings together proud local entrepreneurs

August 1, 2022

Janeth Valdez wears a complicated gold eyeliner from her own makeup line. She says she has always been very feminine, so she decided to start her own makeup business. She has given each palette a name in Spanish that represents her personality. There is “the dreamer,” “the snooper,” and “la asesina,” which she translates as “the badass.”…

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