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Electric vehicle charging station at Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven.
Eve Zuckoff

The Steamship Authority announced it will welcome a pair of electric buses to its fleet to transport passengers between parking lots and ferry terminals in Falmouth and Hyannis.
 

That’s thanks to two grants—one state, one federal—which add up to $875,000. The monies will help the authority switch from diesel to batteries, which will, in turn, help the agency reduce its carbon footprint and join the larger trend in the transportation sector toward electrification.

The North Atlantic right whale population has a chance at recovery if entanglement & ship strikes can be avoided.
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The federal government has committed $1.6 million dollars to help fishermen offset new regulations designed to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in trap/pot gear.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

In the past year, Barnstable High School has seen a dramatic increase in its population of students coming from Brazil. Today, in the hallways between classes, visitors are almost as likely to hear Portuguese being spoken as English.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Provincetown is poised to become the first town on Cape Cod to have a retail marijuana store. On Thursday, the company Curaleaf, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, announced it had received final approval for a storefront on Commercial Street. Massachusetts began permitting marijuana retail stores in November 2018, but Cape towns have been slow to adopt the legislation. Many towns have either deferred approval or voted to ban retail stores entirely.  This means in many ways Provincetown's store will serve as an example for others.

Eve Zuckoff

In a new experiment, scientists working at the Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne are finding that ocean acidification may have a profound effect on juvenile sea scallops.  

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

For the past few years, schools from Provincetown to Bourne have seen an uptick in the number of students who are classified as English Language Learners. Barnstable Public Schools has been at the epicenter of this increase, particularly in its high school.

Eve Zuckoff

Nearly a dozen states, including Massachusetts, are collaborating on the Transportation & Climate Initiative, a regional program that would curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

House Impeachment Vote

Dec 17, 2019
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Wednesday, December 18, the House of Representatives debates and votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump. View the live stream here.

Sarah Mizes-Tan

A recent Harvard University report finds there is a lack of diversity within the six science organizations in Woods Hole. Estimates say 90% of researchers at these institutions are white, while 10% are people of color. The 15-page report also details a series of issues including, overt racism and microagressions, and a lack of cultural competence. Leaders at these organizations say they're working to increase diversity. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Lead Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan about how diversity and inclusion need to be considered not just in the workplace, but in the community of Woods Hole itself.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

One day in late November, a group of scientists and employees gathered at the Marine Biological Laboratory for mandatory mingling. In an exercise laid out by two diversity trainers from the University of Chicago, attendees were encouraged to say hello to people they hadn't spoken with before and taught techniques for engaging with people who may have different perspectives from their own.

Enterprise archive photo

The family of a man convicted in 2005 of murdering his friend wants a new trial. New witnesses have since come forward, and an Innocence Project is looking into the case. The Mashpee Enterprise did an in-depth story on the case, and WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with  Enterprise reporter Jessica Hill about what she learned.

Eve Zuckoff

Falmouth is reimagining the future of Surf Drive, one of its most iconic coastal roads. On Thursday night, the town asked more than 60 residents for feedback on how they’d like to see the area adapted to meet the impacts of climate change.

Nantucket Data Platform

Most of us probably know about how much money we make each year. But, do you know exactly how much it actually costs for you to get through each day? Can you easily tally up your housing, transportation, food and even childcare costs? Researchers with the Nantucket Data Platform set out to answer that question for Nantucket residents, with some interesting, if not exactly surprising, results.

Study Finds Contaminated Air Around New Bedford Harbor

Dec 2, 2019
Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

A study by Boston University's School of Public Health has found evidence of air contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls, also known as PCBs, in a .4 mile radius around New Bedford Harbor.

Coastal flooding and erosion are expected to become more frequent and severe as the climate warms.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

“Bleak”– that’s how a new report from the United Nations describes the world’s efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The annual Emissions Gap Report, released Tuesday, finds countries around the world, including the U.S, have “collectively failed” to reduce the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in the past year. In fact, global emissions of methane, carbon dioxide, and others have risen steadily for the past decade.

John Basile / WCAI radio

On a sunny autumn day, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent Robert Sanborn took a small group of visitors on a tour of the new Cape Tech in Harwich.

Eve Zuckoff

The 10th Annual Native American Thanks Giving celebration brought more than 100 people to sing, pray, and feast on a traditional harvest in Mashpee on Saturday.

The group began the day at the Old Indian Meeting House, where prayers and traditions were observed, before moving to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government building, where the food was served.

Dead North Atlantic Right whale off the coast of Long Island, New York.
NY Department of Environmental Conservation

A group of international scientists are evaluating a new software tool that could help reduce the number of North Atlantic Right Whales dying from entanglement in rope and fishing gear. The tool weighs the relative risk of entanglement at different times of year, and in different places, against mitigation efforts.  

Courtesy Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo recently announced its newest resident. Her name is Sandy and she's the New Bedford zoo's first female, two-toed sloth.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Five offshore wind companies, all with leases to build wind farms off the New England coast in the next ten years, have agreed on a uniform turbine layout. But fishing industry representatives say the turbines will be too closely spaced for safety.

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Towns across Massachusetts are losing out on tens of thousands of dollars in revenue from outstanding fines each year.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give towns more authority when collecting fines from non-criminal offenses. The bill would prevent residents from renewing driver's licenses and other RMV permits until outstanding municipal fines are paid.

Nearly 40 people gathered for a conversation about climate change from an indigenous perspective at the Native Land Conservancy’s annual meeting on Sunday.

The event, held at the Waquoit Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, offered a window into how personal climate change is for Wampanoag people.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Cape Cod’s shellfish farmers face many challenges, and one of the biggest is dealing with harmful algal blooms, which can damage shellfish and be poisonous for humans to ingest. But a new project at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is looking at a way to better manage this with the help of a tiny camera.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

With a second offshore wind farm now on the way, Massachusetts is primed to have enough wind energy in the next decade to power about 800,000 homes. But some people might be wondering, what will more renewable energy sources mean for power in the state? How will our lights still turn on when the wind isn’t blowing, and the sun isn’t shining? 

Jack McCoy

More than 100 students from 10 schools gathered at the Cape and Islands Youth Climate Action Summit in Harwich on Wednesday.

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