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Sam Evans-Brown Talks Behind-The-Meter Solar’s Impact On The Region’s Grid

Solar panels at Shaker Woods Farm. Photo by Keith Shields for NHPR

Our growing need for energy – and our desire to make more of it renewable – has set up other tensions, beyond where to put big power lines. There’s long been a dispute over how to account for so called “Behind-the-Meter” solar – the kind you might put on your home or business to try and get “off the grid.” Energy analysts are seeing that – especially during heat waves like the one that’s gripped New England for much of the summer – this rooftop solar can actually have a big impact on our energy needs.

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Author Ben Goldfarb Discusses The History Of Beavers In New England

A beaver. Photo by Erin Kohlenberg, Flickr

Ben Goldfarb tracks the environmental effect that beavers have on the world around them, as well as their unique history, in his new book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. He joined us to tell us all about the animals and why we should prioritize beaver restoration as a key to creating healthy ecosystems.

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To Catch A Pigeon

Pigeons. Photo by Christie Taylor for Science Friday

Ever try to shoo a group of pigeons that crossed your path? Tired of dodging close flyovers of those pesky gray birds? The urban pigeon may feel like just another city nuisance, but there’s a lot they can teach us about how wildlife is adapting to co-exist with us. How are pigeons in New York related to pigeons in Boston, or Washington D.C.? Why are pigeons thriving compared to other birds? How is their gene pool changing in response to the daily stresses of city living?

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Connecticut Town Ponders Plastic Bag, Straw Ban

DuBois Beach in Stonington. Photo by Frankie Graziano for Connecticut Public Radio

The town of Stonington is considering a move to ban all single-use plastic bags and straws. It wouldn’t be the first Connecticut town to contemplate bagging the bag — Greenwich recently passed a ban and Westport did away with them years ago.

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