Cows graze in a silvopasture area on April 19, 2023, on Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, R.I.

For New England farmers, silvopasture could be a key adaptation to a changing climate

April 21, 2023

To understand silvopasture, imagine you’re a cow grazing under full sun on a hot August day. It’s 95 degrees and the humidity is brutal. “Do you want to be out there eating a full buffet?” asked Joe Orefice, a beef cattle farmer at Hidden Blossom Farm in northeastern Connecticut. “You don’t want to do that. As a…

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Nashua residents Pat Lyons, an older woman with short white hair and wearing a yellow cardigan sweater, and Irene Oliveira, wearing a pink sweater with a blue-ish scarf, are seated at a city meeting and look at informational sheets on April 5, 2023, during a meeting about community power at City Hall in Nashua, N.H.

Community power programs are launching in New Hampshire. How could they help stop climate change?

April 19, 2023

Keene was one of the first cities in New Hampshire to adopt commitments to 100% clean energy, in 2019. But then came the challenge of following through. “The city of Keene, we have a limited number of levers that we can use to effect change,” said Mari Brunner, a senior planner with the city’s community…

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District transportation director Dana Cruickshank unplugs the charging cable from one of Beverly, Mass.'s electric school buses.

Electric school buses serve as mini power plants during the summer

April 18, 2023

Summertime in New England is when people demand the most electricity from the grid because of air conditioner use. At those high-demand times, utilities turn to so-called peaker plants to supply the extra power. They’re often older, more polluting facilities, and they are expensive to run. But a project in Beverly, Massachusetts offers an alternative…

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The New England Aquarium's aerial survey team took this photo of Nimbus on March 10, 2023 from the window of a small plane.

Right whales aren’t having a good year. The pressure is on to save this hard-to-track species

April 14, 2023

It’s a chilly morning in early March. And New England Aquarium scientist Orla O’Brien and her team are preparing a small, twin propeller plane at the New Bedford Regional Airport for takeoff. It’s perfectly clear, ideal for flying and, hopefully, for spotting North Atlantic right whales from about 1,000 feet in the air. It hasn’t…

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Biggest patch of unprotected private land in Green Mountain National Forest to be preserved forever

April 1, 2023

The largest remaining piece of unconserved private property in the Green Mountain National Forest has been permanently protected from development. The Rolston Rest property spans 2,744 acres along the Green Mountain ridge near Killington. It includes eight mountain summits. Hiking through, you might not even know you were on private property. The Green Mountain Club…

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Why a cookie recipe made this New Hampshire Girl Scout go rogue

March 14, 2023

Sophia Hammond, 11, has been a Girl Scout for more than half of her life. “I started when I was 5, so around six years, I guess,” she said, sitting at the kitchen table in her Plymouth home. That’s six years of camping trips, community service, and planting trees. And while she’s also busy with…

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Maine woods could store more carbon at current harvest with ‘climate smart’ forestry, study finds

March 7, 2023

Maine forests already absorb about 70% of the state’s annual fossil fuel emissions. Now, a new study shows that Maine’s commercial forest landowners could increase annual carbon storage by at least 20% over the next 60 years while maintaining timber harvest levels. The findings are timely as the demand for carbon offset projects accelerates. The…

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Seven of the 28 turbines that make up the Mars Hill Wind facility are viewed across a field from a road near the Maine-Canada border.

Renewable energy corridor to northern Maine clears hurdle with OK from state commission

January 31, 2023

A major renewable energy project in Aroostook County got a boost Tuesday, as Maine’s Public Utilities Commission concluded that it’s in the public interest. The wind farm and transmission line are driven by Maine’s climate goals. Longroad Energy’s $2 billion, 1,000-megawatt King Pine wind power project would be New England’s largest onshore wind farm. And…

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A turbine blade at The Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, Mass.

Ever wonder how they build turbines at sea? Here’s what it takes to create an American wind farm

December 4, 2022

Today’s offshore wind turbines stand taller than the Boston skyline. Each blade is about the length of a football field, which means 50 feet have to be cut off to get one inside the state’s Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown. That’s where the blade for Vineyard Wind went through strength testing earlier this year.…

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Electrical lines in Dracut, Massachusetts.

Why electricity prices are rising unevenly across New England

September 8, 2022

You may have noticed that your most recent electric bill is higher than usual — and if that change hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably coming this fall. These price spikes are occurring across New England, but bills are rising more in some places than others. Some ratepayers in New Hampshire saw the price of electricity double…

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