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Coastal Seniors and Climate Change: Retirement Dreams Threatened As Coastal Living Increasingly Risky

April 23, 2021

When Nelson Orr, 70, retired from his job as an X-ray tech at a Boston hospital, he knew what would come next. He and wife moved full-time into their gray-shingled beachfront home in the town of Barnstable, embracing its original exposed beams and decorating with an old wooden carousel horse in the entranceway. “This is…

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April 22, 2021

People living on and off the coast of New England will soon be at a greater risk from flooding due to heavier rain and rising seas caused by climate change. Global warming will put more pressure on the federal flood insurance program, which is already overstretched, prompting an overhaul to be completed later this year.…

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In N.H., Questions About Whether Out-Of-State Pandemic Migrants Are Here To Stay

April 5, 2021

A year ago, people flocked to vacation towns in states like New Hampshire to flee COVID-19. For some, it was just a brief escape. But others settled into a rural lifestyle. The question now is how long these newcomers are going to stay. For five-year-old Joanna Shelov, coming to New Hampshire has meant a year…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Affordable Housing

March 26, 2021

Affordable housing is the subject of a number of bills before Connecticut lawmakers. But what do we really mean when we talk about “affordable housing”? That conversation could start with a question much like the one from state Sen. Dan Champagne at a virtual Planning and Development public hearing last week. “Do you know how…

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A Triple-Decker For The 21st Century: Airtight And Solar-Powered

March 12, 2021

Standing in front of her three-level house in Somerville, Lena Sheehan looks down at the construction of a new high school and transportation hub just a block away. “I can’t get over it, I haven’t been here in so long,” she says. “This is the new T — isn’t that brilliant, right beside the house.”…

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Mapping Project Explores Links Between Historic Redlining And Future Climate Vulnerability

March 5, 2021

The rain started just before Mother’s Day, in 2006. It fell for days over the Merrimack Valley, causing the worst flooding in decades. Water reached to rooftops. Pipes burst in Haverhill, pouring millions of gallons of sewage into the rising Merrimack River. Streets flooded, highways closed, thousands of people evacuated their homes. Andy Vargas was…

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Amid Climate Change Threats, Cape Planners Ask: Is It Time To Retreat From The Coast?

March 3, 2021

Catastrophic damage from climate change threatens coastal homes all over the Cape, and Islands, prompting regional planners to eye managed coastal retreat options Whenever a beachfront home goes on the market in Sandwich, it’s going to draw dozens of prospective buyers. “So this is all private beach, which people just love. They want their privacy.…

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Americans Are Moving To Escape Climate Impacts. Towns Expect More To Come

January 22, 2021

The impacts of climate change could prompt millions of Americans to relocate in coming decades, moving inland away from rising seas, or north to escape rising temperatures. Judith and Doug Saum have moved already, recently leaving their home outside Reno, Nev. “It was with a view of the Sierra [Nevada Mountains] that was just to…

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COVID-19 Closed Showers for the Homeless. Quick Thinkers Came to the Rescue.

December 3, 2020

This spring, precautions against COVID-19 closed some of the few showers open to people who are homeless and living outdoors, including one in the basement of the Duffy Health Center in Hyannis. Now, with a little ingenuity and some help from the state, showers are back — in a special trailer that meets COVID-19 protocol.…

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Returning to Maple Ave In Cambridge, Less Fear But Lots of Trepidation As Pandemic Rages On

October 21, 2020

Seven months ago, I walked up and down my block in Cambridge to find out how my neighbors were faring weeks into the lockdown ordered by Gov. Charlie Baker. Few people were wearing masks, but even fewer people were on the streets at that time. Quite a bit has changed on Maple Avenue since March.…

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