When It Rains, It Poops: The MDC’s Efforts To Keep Sewage Out Of Conn. Waterways

The Connecticut River after Tropical Storm Elsa looked like a chocolate milkshake. And the reason is pretty gross: rainwater runoff and raw sewage. This dirty water makes its way into rivers because of century-old infrastructure called “combined sewer systems,” which merge stormwater and household water into one big pipe. And when it rains a lot,…

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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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Drones Could Help Farmers Keep A Watchful Eye On Crop Health

On a farm in South Glastonbury, a tractor idles. It’s one of the most iconic farming inventions of the late 19th century, a tool that was invented shortly before Donald Preli’s grandfather came from Italy and started Belltown Hill Orchards. Now, more than 100 years later, Preli said a much newer invention could revolutionize farming…

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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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Study: Right Whales Seen Year-Round in Waters Targeted for Offshore Wind Development

North Atlantic right whales can now be found year-round in offshore wind development areas in the waters off Southern New England, a new study found. Previously, it was thought that the critically endangered whales were only present in high numbers in waters off Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from late winter to early spring. But new research, published…

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