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Court was in session Sunday for the regional-level competition of the high school Mock Trial Program. Cape Cod Academy's team was undefeated heading into the tournament, where it represented Cape Cod.

Images taken by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center/Peter Duley under MMPA permit #21371.

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.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Research Permit # 594-1759

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.
Eve Zuckoff

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.   

Christina Gracia

The city of New Bedford has reached a half-million-dollar settlement with the family of a teen who was killed during a police altercation in 2012. Fifteen-year-old Malcolm Gracia was shot and killed after police say he pulled a knife on an officer. A judge later said police stopped Gracia illegally.

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.
Eve Zuckoff

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?

Erosion underway at Cold Storage Beach in Dennis on Saturday, February 9th, 2019.
Greg Berman / Woods Hole Sea Grant

The state awarded more than 11 million dollars in grant money to cities and towns preparing for climate change.

The money will be used to identify climate threats, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement plans to adapt to climate change.

Eve Zuckoff

On a cold Tuesday afternoon last month, nearly 60 people filed into the West Tisbury Library on Martha’s Vineyard.

“You came just for the biscotti, right?” joked the featured speaker, Marc Rosenbaum, an environmental building consultant.  

Rosenbaum is delivering talks across the island as part of an ambitious effort called “100 Percent Renewable Martha’s Vineyard.” He calls his talk: “Beyond Fossil Fuel Homes.”

U.S. Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Marine Fisheries Service

Saturday marked the end of lobster fishing and the beginning of relative safety for critically endangered right whales in Cape Cod Bay.

From Feb. 1 to April 30,  no trap/pot gear or vertical lines are allowed in an area of over 3,000 square miles to protect North Atlantic right whales whose population has dwindled to around 400. 

The North Atlantic right whale population has a chance at recovery if entanglement & ship strikes can be avoided.
NOAA Photo Library / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Federal regulators are delaying the release of long-awaited regulations designed to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. 

The proposed regulations would push lobstermen throughout much of the Gulf of Maine to reduce their buoy lines, which have caused fatal entanglements for the whales. They were were expected to be issued by early 2020.  

Sam Houghton / WCAI

Cape Cod's first adult recreational marijuana store opened Wednesday in Provincetown.

It's called Curaleaf and about 30 people were in line when the doors opened around noon.

https://mosaic-expedition.org/

A local scientist has joined her colleagues at a spot near the North Pole; she’s part of the largest polar research expedition in history. It’s called the MOSAiC project, which stands for Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. The $150 million endeavor is spread out over 390 days, with researchers from 20 countries participating.

Courtesy of the US Census Bureau

The 2020 census will begin its count this April, but on the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands, efforts are already underway to address hard-to-count populations. At stake are tens-of-millions of dollars in federal funding for Massachusetts.

Eve Zuckoff

Nearly 200 people streamed into a public forum Tuesday night at Falmouth Public High School, where town officials explained their decision to shut down the West Falmouth fire station and offered a window into the future of fire protection for the town. 

AntarcticIceMarathon.com

Running a marathon is not easy. You have to be physically and mentally ready, and flexible with the things you can't control, like the weather. Now imagine doing all that in one of the coldest places on earth. 

Eve Zuckoff

In the next three decades, climate change could have major socioeconomic consequences in 105 countries across the globe.  

That’s according to a new report, Climate Risk and Response: Physical Hazards and Socioeconomic Impacts, from the McKinsey Global Institute with help from the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC). 

Eve Zuckoff

Hundreds of climate activists packed a joint legislative committee hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse for two climate bills that could put a price on carbon emissions.

One of the bills, filed by Rep. Jennifer Benson, a Democrat from Lunenburg, would allow the state to collect fees from those who emit carbon from transportation and home heating.

Sam Houghton/WCAI

Crippling cyber attacks on major cities have made recent headlines, but smaller towns, like those across the Cape and Islands, are not immune.

Reporter's Notebook

Jan 13, 2020

For our Reporter’s Notebook, WCAI reporters Sarah Mizes-Tan and Eve Zukoff join host Steve Junker to talk about covering the region and some of their most recent stories: from the rise in English Language Learners to the Cape’s readiness for Electric Vehicles, and more. 

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

What does a pile of construction rubble have to do with fish? When old concrete gets put on the ocean floor, it goes from trash to habitat. Workers did just that to an artificial reef two miles off the coast of Yarmouth last week; they dumped pieces of granite and concrete to expand a reef that was built in the 1970s. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)about how his office manages artificial reefs like this one.  

Prospective car buyers at the Cape’s first-ever electric vehicle show in September had a chance to look under the hood of a Volkswagen e-Golf.
Eve Zuckoff

Cronig’s Market in Vineyard Haven is a lot like any other grocery store. Piles of vegetables, kids pulling on their moms’ arms, cashiers ringing out.  

But what makes this store different is what’s outside.

Eve Zuckoff

At the Cape’s first-ever electric car show this fall, hundreds of people gathered to test drive electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

“Got four wheels, that's a good start,” said Mark Borgmann, a musician from Dennis who came to test-drive the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid.

Courtesy of Diane Martin

Environmentalists have filed a petition in Yarmouth asking the town to declare a climate emergency.  

If approved, the declaration would require Yarmouth to demonstrably reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, getting the town to net-zero at the “earliest technologically and economically feasible” time.

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