Hartford, Conn., Continues To Battle Contaminated Recycling

The problem of garbage-filled recycling bins continues to foul up efforts to boost recycling levels in Connecticut’s capital city. Public records show Hartford is recycling more material since Connecticut Public reported on a major drop-off in recycling loads earlier this year, but the city still burned about 75 percent of its curbside recyclables from May to…

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Right Whale Conservation Groups ‘Disappointed’ By Long-Awaited Lobster Fishing Rules

Federal officials have issued new regulations for the lobster and Jonah crab fisheries that are designed to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglements in gear. But conservationists say the long-awaited rules don’t go far enough to save the critically endangered species. The new regulations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) require lobstermen to add more traps…

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‘Weather Whiplash’ And Other Takeaways For Boston and New England From Major Climate Report

The world needs to get to net-zero carbon emissions by the 2030s to have a chance of avoiding the worst effects of climate change. That’s the stark message delivered in a sweeping report on the current scientific consensus on climate, released Monday by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report’s scope is global, but here are…

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Study: Right Whales Seen Year-Round in Waters Targeted for Offshore Wind Development

North Atlantic right whales can now be found year-round in offshore wind development areas in the waters off Southern New England, a new study found. Previously, it was thought that the critically endangered whales were only present in high numbers in waters off Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from late winter to early spring. But new research, published…

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Feds Consider Compensating Fishermen For Wind Energy Effects On Harvests

The Mills administration is partnering with a commercial wind energy company, New England Aqua Ventus, to seek a lease of 16-square miles of federal waters south of for a wind farm of up to 12 wind turbines tens of miles south of Bremen, Maine, with a goal of researching novel “floating platform” technology and its…

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Wet Weather Waterlogs New Hampshire Summer Tourism

Recent heavy rain is putting a damper on New Hampshire’s summer activities. The record-setting rain that’s hit the state lately has limited the number of tourists heading outside. Many outdoor-centered businesses are improvising after expecting a busy summer with easing pandemic restrictions. New England is experiencing more precipitation, in larger, more concentrated amounts, and at…

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Fishing Industry Feels Stranded As Offshore Wind Gathers Momentum

On a clear morning in early June, cotton sacks filled with shucked scallops hit the scale at Gambardella’s dockside warehouse in Stonington, Connecticut. They’re being offloaded from the Furious, a scallop boat just back from a 12-day trip. Owner and longtime fisherman Joe Gilbert runs four scallop boats out of this dock. Up in the…

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Rise In Cremations Opens Unused Cemetery Space To New Solar Projects

Fewer families are choosing burials for deceased loved ones and opting instead for cremation. It’s a funerary trend that is helping to forge a link between the Catholic Church and the solar industry. If you picture a solar field, what do you see? Probably a large open space. Flat and dry without too many trees…

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Underwater Drones: Regulators Trying New Technology To Enforce Lobster Trap Rules

The enforcement of lobster trap rules far offshore is getting increased attention from state and federal regulators, who are turning to new technology to inspect gear for compliance with requirements that aim to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from deadly entanglements. Michael Henry is a top fisheries enforcement officer for the National Oceanic and…

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