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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Dartmouth Hazardous Waste Site Contaminates Drinking Water

August 25, 2016

A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected. At her home on Rennie Road, whenever Debbie Higgins wants a glass of water, she passes her sink and heads to a cooler of…

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Farming With Drought and Climate Change

August 25, 2016

In the Northeast, according to the USDA, about 175,000 farms produce more than $21-billion a year in food, hay and flowers. But not this year. Many fields are bone dry, with extreme droughtconditions in parts of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire and severe conditions across much of the region. The climate — and how it’s…

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UConn Recruits Teens to Spark Interest in Conservation

August 11, 2016

Modern high school students are usually found surrounded by laptops, cell phones, and social media. But a team of UConn professors and graduate students are trying to get them interested in nature.

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Rhode Island Town Investigates Source of PFOA in Drinking Water

August 3, 2016

Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon.

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While Bennington, VT Residents Learn How To Live With PFOA, Doctors Play Catch Up

August 1, 2016

People in Bennington County have been learning how to live with PFOA in their water. Now they’re learning how to live knowing it’s in their bodies.

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Language In Democratic Party Platform Handles Climate Change Like An All-Out War

July 27, 2016

Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Much has been said already about the speeches, the Sanders supporters walking out, the musical acts, but not much has been said about climate change — one of the many issues in the 51-page Democratic Party platform.

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