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Eve Zuckoff

Eve Zuckoff is WCAI's Report for America reporter, covering the environment and the human impacts of climate change.  

Her beat centers not only around the challenges climate change poses to Cape Cod communities, but on the solutions and innovations that individuals and organizations seek to implement.   

Eve came to WCAI from WBUR, where she worked on Radio Boston, a daily news magazine program and "Last Seen," an investigative podcast that looked into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.

As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, she loves covering the community she grew up in and snacking on the world's best seafood along the way.  

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Chuck Burridge has been driving a cab for 14 years. He’s often at the ferry terminal in Woods Hole looking for rides, and lately, business has been quiet. 

“I’m just here in Woods Hole, watching the boats, construction,” he said. “And then watching a lot of TV on my computer." 

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Each year on the first night of Passover, nearly 30 family members gather in Susan Wasser’s Hyannis home. 

 

“My favorite part—most people will say it’s the food—but I think it’s the singing, especially… after a few glasses of wine [it] gets a little fun,” she said. “And I think it’s just being all together, doing the same thing every year.” 

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A local radio DJ in his 70s has died of COVID-19.

 

John Perrone, of Provincetown, succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Cape Cod Hospital, according to WOMR, a local community radio station, based on information from Perrone’s cousin.

 

The Navy-veteran-turned-volunteer-DJ is remembered for his love of Motown and soul music, which he played on WOMR Tuesday nights for the last 20 years. 

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As the world around us reels, 57-year-old Susan McLaughlin bakes cookies. 

“Cookies, breads,” she said. “I will experiment because in sober living, even without the pandemic, these girls will eat anything.”

McLaughlin’s been staying in a sober living house in Mashpee for almost two years after alcohol nearly took her life. 

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Hotels, motels, inns, and short term rentals can only host displaced Massachusetts residents and essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, according to state orders announced Tuesday. 

That order includes healthcare workers, first responders, and those who are trying to self-quarantine, and exlcudes those seeking vacation or leisure.  

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At Orleans Whole Food Store on the town’s Main Street the phone is almost always ringing now.  

 

For the umpteenth time, clerk Elaine Peluso-Farris helped a customer place an order for curbside pickup. 

 

“A clam shell?,” she repeats back. “Yeah, we are pretty wiped out. Let me see what I have.”

 

This is the the new normal for the specialty grocery store: plexiglass barriers, a ban on reusable bags, and a new delivery service by local honors students. 

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With school closures extended until May 4th, parents are struggling to keep their kids occupied. But a growing number of community members are taking to Facebook for virtual story-times. 

 

“Good morning, boys and girls,” exclaimed Sargent Mike Assad Jr. in a video posted to the Mashpee Police Department’s Facebook page. “I’m going to read you guys another story today.”  

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Last month, Aran Mooney, an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), could be found peering into massive tubs in the wet lab where he works.

 

“We’re giving lobsters a hearing test,” he said over the lab’s hum in late February. 

 

Mooney studies how all kinds of animals—turtles, whales, shrimp—hear and make sounds. But in recent weeks, all of that research has stopped.

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Nearly 7 million Massachusetts residents have been advised to stay home, but that doesn’t apply to those who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and projects.

 

Paul, a construction laborer in Hyannis, didn’t want to use his last name for fear of retribution, but said the company he works for employs around 100 people who repair roads and maintains sewers. That means he and his partner still have to go to work. 

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While toilet paper is in high demand and low supply, some may be turning to sanitary wipes, but towns throughout the state are urging people to stop flushing them before it’s too late.

“[Wipes] are the bane of every wastewater treatment operator in the world and every septic maintenance guy in the world,” said Brian Baumgaertel, director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic Test Center in Sandwich. “They can easily plug up the pumps and all the electronic stuff that’s keeping the wastewater moving away from your home.” 

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Volunteers on Nantucket and around the region are breaking out the sewing machines to stitch masks for local health care workers.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered the closure of all non-essential brick and mortar businesses in the state to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Monday.

The closure order goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24, at noon and is effective until April 7 at noon.

This move comes just as the number of confirmed cases in the state reached 777, up from 646 the day before. Nine people have died from the virus in Massachusetts.

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Science centers in Woods Hole are trying to do their part, as hospitals across the region put out pleas for more n-95 face masks and other gear to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus infection. 

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In the wake of a state-wide ban on gatherings of more than 25 people, Alcoholics Anonymous groups across the region are adapting with the help of technology. 

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Amid warnings that COVID-19 can last on surfaces for two to three days, businesses, schools, and organizations are doubling down on commitments to clean common spaces.

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Martha’s Vineyard’s newest representative to the Steamship Authority board of governors says his top priorities are reliable service, better communication, and fair prices.

James Malkin, a Chilmark selectman, was sworn into the position on Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the Dukes County Commission.

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Massachusetts residents concerned about plans to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions expressed deep concerns at a public hearing in Fall River on Tuesday about what several described as the state’s “slow” pace and “limited” goals.

“With all due respect,” Nancy Lee Wood, director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-Carbon Education at Bristol Community College, said to representatives from the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, “this is kindergarten compared to what we really have facing us.”

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Susan Moran, a democrat from Falmouth, and Jay McMahon III, a republican from Bourne, will compete in a general election later this month to fill the Plymouth and Barnstable District seat after winning their respective primaries on Tuesday.

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Voter turnout appeared to be strong across Massachusetts on primary day, thanks in part to spring-like weather. 

 

“It's a right as a citizen of this country, and I think it's important that everybody gets their voices heard,”  said Priscilla Bartlett of Mashpee. “I don't care how [people] vote, just that they vote.”

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A critically endangered North Atlantic right whale has been seen with grave injuries off the south coast of Nantucket.

Aerial survey teams for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first spotted Dragon, the 19-year-old reproductive female, on Monday with a buoy lodged in the right side of her mouth and injuries that were infested with orange cyanids, a kind of lice.

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The Canadian government has unveiled new regulations to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

To help prevent entanglements with fishing gear, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced in a press release that it will implement new season-long fishing closures in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence where right whales are aggregating between the months of April and November. 

Cape teens hold up signs at a climate rally.
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A new coalition of activists, environmentalists, and faith groups are asking all 15 Cape towns to declare a climate emergency.

If approved at town meetings this spring, the declarations would push towns to recognize their responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which drive climate change.   

Bill Weld, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate, expanded his understanding of climate change with the help of local scientists.  

Weld attended a briefing on Monday at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), making him the fourth presidential hopeful to take a meeting with the leaders of the thinktank.  

The Democratic candidates for the Plymouth Barnstable state Senate seat discussed climate change resilience proposals at the Wildlands Trust in Plymouth. From left, Becky Coletta, John Mahoney, Stephen Michael Palmer, Thomas Moakley, Susan Moran.
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Democrats competing to represent Plymouth and Barnstable in the state Senate emphasized the need for urgent action to battle climate change during a forum Wednesday night. 

The five Democrats, who will face off in a March 3 primary prior to a March 31 special election, spoke passionately about renewable energy, mass transit and water quality to a packed room of nearly 100 people at the Wildlands Trust in Plymouth.   

The two Republican candidates did not attend the forum.

In the last year, OK Cupid has seen a 240% increase in environmental mentions in user profiles. That includes terms like climate change, global warming, Greta Thunberg, and recycle.
Photographs by Getty Images; Illustration by Kaitlyn Locke/WGBH News

Valentine’s Day is a romantic time, a time to ask: Will you go out with me? Will you be mine? But a growing number of hopeful young singles are asking a different kind of question: How do you feel about… climate change?

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