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Why vaccinated people are getting 'breakthrough' infections

The vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus.
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Fight over Massachusetts PCB dump shifts to D.C. court hearing in September

Justices in Washington, D.C., will hear in September directly from those for and against a plan to bury PCBs in Lee.

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Can land conservation and dual-use solar on farms coexist?

Massachusetts is one of the national leaders in renewable energy, but conservationists worry that a push to expand solar on farms will lead to cutting down forests and paving over cropland.
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Where are the U.S.’s natural gas pipelines? Often in vulnerable communities

A new nation-wide analysis shows that counties with higher social vulnerability are home to a denser web of natural gas pipelines.

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"Community choice" is giving renewable energy to millions

A novel system gives consumers a green alternative to what their utility companies offer.
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A Great Barrington school turns a guano crisis into an embrace of its cliff swallow colony

The cliff swallow project has set off a shift on campus to align ethos with action around its natural environment to protect habitats and help critters.

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Leaked docs: Gas industry secretly fights electrification

A large utility in the Northeast urged a coalition of 15 gas companies to oppose a growing movement to electrify home heating and cooling systems. Natural gas faces the "fight of its life," one document said.
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Massachusetts revokes permit for proposed Springfield biomass plant

A proposed biomass power plant, long the subject of controversy and opposition, had its air quality permit revoked by the state DEP.

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US must electrify municipal fleets, bolster transit and zero-emission car sales to reverse ‘public health disaster,’ Massachusetts nonprofit report says

Last April, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced an unprecedented lockdown, Americans came along for the ride in a climate science experiment.

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Northeast governors need Biden to deliver on offshore wind

States built their climate plans on hopes the new industry will thrive. But they’ll need Washington to make it happen.
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Massachusetts awards $3M to towns to fight water pollution

Massachusetts has awarded $3 million in grants to 17 public water supply systems to support efforts to address elevated levels of so-called PFAS in drinking water.

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Fearing a gubernatorial veto, Democratic leaders vow to rush new climate change bill back to Baker if needed

Should the Legislature move as promised by House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen E. Spilka, it would mark a show of force with speed rarely seen in the Legislature, where officials are often constrained by the sluggish gears of the legislative process.
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Massachusetts lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he is reviewing legislation passed by lawmakers that would overhaul the state's climate laws, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy jobs and protect poorer communities that can be at higher risk from pollution.

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‘All-out offensive’ planned on climate bills in Massachusetts

With the time left to make a deal ticking away and other matters jockeying for attention, climate policy advocates are mounting an effort — one group declared it “an all-out offensive" — to keep pressure on the group of lawmakers negotiating a climate bill.

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