Massachusetts planned climate change action in 2020. Time is running out

Taking on climate change was supposed to be a top 2020 priority for lawmakers in Massachusetts. Then the coronavirus outbreak hit.

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The ‘Thanksgiving Tribe’ is still fighting for food sovereignty

The ‘Thanksgiving Tribe’ that shared their harvest with the Pilgrims in 1620 sits at the center of a legal battle with the U.S. government to maintain access to their traditional lands and foodways.
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How Massachusetts V. EPA forced the U.S. government to take on climate change

The landmark Supreme Court ruling held that greenhouse gases were pollutants that could be regulated by the executive branch. Could it soon be reversed?
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Smog-causing pollutant way down in Massachusetts - for now

NASA data indicates that the level of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide, which comes mostly from cars and trucks, has dropped about 30% in the Northeastern United States.

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A major player in solar energy leaves some customers seething

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Plastic bags are back. Environmentalists hope it's not for good

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To cut carbon emissions, a movement grows to 'electrify everything'

In an effort to move away from fossil fuels, U.S. communities from California to Massachusetts are instituting bans on natural gas in new construction.

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Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk

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Massachusetts gas company to plead guilty after fatal explosion

Columbia Gas has agreed to sell its business in the state and pay a $53 million fine, the authorities said.
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Juul bought ads appearing on Cartoon Network and other youth sites, suit claims

The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers.
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Does Boston's record warmth cause for concern?

“One of the impacts of climate change that scientists have been predicting over the decades is that we will see anomalous weather events."
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States charge more for electric cars as new laws take effect

The new year will bring new charges for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug in to fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes.

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Eastern states introduce a plan to cap tailpipe pollution

Twelve states and the District of Columbia released a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb planet-warming emissions on the region’s roads.
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Forget the log cabin. Wood buildings are climbing skyward — with pluses for the planet

"Mass timber” construction is gaining ground, although not all environmentalists agree on its potential for slowing climate change.
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Climate change a top presidential issue for California Democrats

Climate change is a top priority for California’s most liberal Democratic voters, a choice reflected in the presidential candidates they back, according to a new poll.
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