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Recent Deaths, Entanglement Shine Light on Right Whale Plight

September 27, 2016

The recent death of two right whales in the Gulf of Maine and the discovery of another entangled in fishing gear is bringing renewed attention to the plight of the endangered species.

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September 27, 2016

According to a scorecard released on Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, New York and Connecticut tied for the fifth most energy efficient states in the country.

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Low Levels of Carcinogen Chromium-6 in New England Drinking Water

September 27, 2016

The carcinogen often referred to as the “Erin Brockovich chemical” is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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New Effort Underway to Study Black Sea Bass in Southern New England

September 26, 2016

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation is kicking off a new project to collect data on black sea bass, a species that has moved north in search of cooler water.

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How Felling Trees Can Help Fortify a New England Forest

September 20, 2016

Walk a few hundred yards into the woods in Durham, Connecticut, and you’ll see something that looks like it’s out of “Mad Max” — large trucks, with big wheels, and giant robotic arms, grabbing trees and slicing them down. But this controlled chaos is a calculated timber harvest, with the long-term goal of creating a more resilient forest.

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‘Safer’ Cleaning Products? Seventh Generation Among Companies Using New EPA Label

September 19, 2016

When you shop for cleaning supplies, brightly colored bottles advertise stain-removing powers or “whiter whites.” But it’s hard to get clear information about what the chemical ingredients could do to your health or the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to change that.

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Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine National Monument Off Cape Cod

September 19, 2016

President Barack Obama has signed an order protecting a section of underwater mountains and canyons off New England’s coast. It’s the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Saltmarsh Sparrow Could Be A Victim Of Sea Level Rise

September 15, 2016

A tiny sparrow that lives in salt marshes from Maine to Virginia could be the new “poster child” for our changing coastal habitat. Experts say rising sea levels make the bird’s future uncertain, and it may spell the first sign of danger to an entire ecosystem. A salt marsh isn’t very homey. There are no…

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Divided By Drought: Why Neighboring Towns Have Drastically Different Water Restrictions

September 6, 2016

There’s a sprinkler dousing Marie Robinson’s lush front lawn as the longtime Tewksbury resident chuckles and says, “I need to tell you how many people have stopped to tell us how nice our grass looks.” In Tewksbury, residents can still irrigate their lawn, water their flowers, and even fill up a kiddie pool if they like.…

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As Renewables Boom, Sparks Fly Over Natural Gas in Rhode Island

September 1, 2016

  Even with the boom in renewable power, New England still gets about half its energy from natural gas – that’s a huge jump from 15 percent in 2000. The fracking boom in the U.S. meant a big investment in gas-fired power plants. But many environmentalists are pushing back, worried about spending money on fossil-fuel…

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