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Climate

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.
Justice

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.

www.nbcboston.com
Justice

‘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.

www.nytimes.com
Biodiversity

Effort to rescue endangered turtles becomes a Thanksgiving odyssey

After a plane transporting 30 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Louisiana from Massachusetts was snagged by delays, frantic calls for help went out.
www.nationalgeographic.com
Climate

Climate change is coming for New England's cranberries

Hotter summers, wimpier winters, shifting springs: They all add up to make the conditions tough for the fruits and their dedicated growers.
www.washingtonpost.com
Climate

Cranberry farmers in Massachusetts are battling heat waves, warmer winters, less ice

Heat waves, drought, lack of winter ice are taking a toll on a quintessential Massachusetts crop.

www.nytimes.com
Toxics

These researchers tested positive. But the virus wasn’t the cause

Several scientists working with harmless genetic material have discovered that their research may have contaminated their coronavirus tests.

Climate

2020 election may determine climate's future: State and business climate

The 2020 US election is not just about the next four years of US policy, this election will also determine the role of the United States in the Climate Decade.

www.masslive.com
Climate

Why are we not talking more about the drought?

Images of streams, rivers, ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout Massachusetts right now share the same message by and large: The state is in a drought, and it is bad.

www.wbur.org
Justice

The controversial natural gas compressor in Weymouth, explained

From concerns about safety and environmental justice, to fracking's role in climate change, here's what you need to know about the Weymouth compressor station.

www.nytimes.com
Climate

New England’s forests are sick. They need more tree doctors

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.
Toxics

Big Oil’s green makeover

Can BP master new disruptive technologies or will it go the way of typewriter makers?
www.theguardian.com
Climate

'Bold action is a winning message': climate advocates hail Ed Markey win

US climate advocates have their highest-profile evidence yet that putting the crisis first can win elections. And it arrived in an unlikely package: a 74-year-old Senate incumbent, who garnered intense grassroots support from young activists.

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From our Newsroom

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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