Stories

A rare orchid, thought to be extinct, has been rediscovered in Vermont

June 9, 2022

A rare plant thought to be extinct in Vermont has been discovered in the state. Scientists with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife have confirmed the existence of a population of small whorled pogonia on Winooski Valley Park District conservation land, the department announced Wednesday. The plant is a globally rare orchid, and is…

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Wading through revitalized Connecticut rivers, in search of key link in food chain

June 2, 2022

As spring winds down, so concludes the migration of two species of fish that travel from the ocean to spawn in freshwater. While once abundant in rivers and streams, alewives and blueback herring have seen their migration routes fractured by dams over centuries of development. Conservationists are working to remove some of these barriers to…

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A "no parking" sign guards the entrance to the town-owned Sunrise Beach in Marshfield, Mass.

Barriers at the Beach: State law and town rules keep most of Mass. shoreline off-limits

May 28, 2022

It’s called the Bay State. It has roughly 1,400 miles of coastline and a world-famous tourist magnet called “the Cape and Islands.” Massachusetts should be a beach lover’s paradise, but access to the state’s shores is deeply uneven. Entry to most beaches is dependent on personal wealth, your home zip code and a shrinking allotment…

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Offshore wind turbines at sunset.

Feds approve plan to delay scrapping a New England energy rule that harms renewables

May 28, 2022

A controversial rule that makes it harder for renewable energy projects to participate in one of New England’s lucrative electricity markets will remain in place for another two years. Late Friday night, federal energy regulators approved a plan from the regional grid operator, ISO New England, to keep the so-called minimum offer price rule — or…

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New England psychiatrists, pediatricians say more kids are experiencing climate change anxiety

May 28, 2022

Psychiatrists and pediatricians from New England say that children they see in their practice show increased anxiety around climate change. At a webinar Thursday, hosted by the National Alliance of Mental Illness of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Health Care Workers for Climate Action, Elizabeth Pinsky, a child, and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician at…

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One psychologist offers strategies for Latinx community to cope with Texas shooting

May 27, 2022

Tuesday’s mass shooting in a Texas elementary school has left many across the country dealing with feelings of grief and loss. The massacre in Uvalde that left 19 children and two adults dead was the second-deadliest school shooting recorded in the U.S., and it has hit the Latinx community especially hard. “This hits very close…

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The five turbines of the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

The debate over an outdated rule that’s harming renewable energy in New England

May 26, 2022

There’s a rule in the New England energy system that nobody likes. And not just because it uses a lot of complex math. This rule ends up making it harder for renewable energy projects to participate in an important regional electricity market. The New England states want it gone. U.S. Senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie…

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This Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 file photo shows the country's first floating wind turbine works off the coast of Castine, Maine.

New England task force convenes to plan the next phase of offshore wind development

May 26, 2022

Last year, President Joe Biden announced plans to start leasing areas of the Gulf of Maine to offshore wind energy developers by 2024. On Thursday, May 18, the federal Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management convened a task force of officials from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and tribal governments to consider the next phase in the…

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‘Mattering is the minimum’: 2 years later, western Mass. organizers reflect on George Floyd protests

May 25, 2022

Spring of 2020 is marked by two gruesome historic events: a global pandemic, and the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, sparking international protests. Protest organizers spent a lot of time and energy bringing people together in western Massachusetts to voice their anger and frustration. Organizer Simbrit Paskins led over 1,000 people…

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State biologist Lee Kantar examines a dead moose on April 26, 2022. Moose Number 59 was captured and fitted with a radio collar in the winter of 2014. The moose showed signs of anemia, which Kantar says means she had been fed on by ticks and had extreme blood loss.

Winter ticks wiped out nearly 90% of the moose calves scientists tracked in part of Maine last year

May 18, 2022

Maine is home to the largest moose population in the lower 48 states. But in one of the moosiest corners of the state, nearly 90% of the calves tracked by biologists last winter didn’t survive their first year. And the culprit? A tiny critter that is thriving in parts of Maine as the climate warms.…

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