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Eve Zuckoff

In early August, carpenter Michael Forgione told his mother that he was heading out to go crabbing in the brackish waters of Chilmark Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. Carol Forgione, a 72-year-old nurse practitioner, wished him a good catch.

Three world-renowned science institutions in Woods Hole are preparing their ocean-front facilities for the threats of climate change and will soon release an adaptation plan. 

Eve Zuckoff

A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change. Within thirty years, the picturesque road could be abandoned. 

Eve Zuckoff

As town meetings get under way this fall across Cape Cod, voters are being asked to consider major decisions about climate change and the environment.

During the season’s first town meeting in Wellfleet, residents voted to declare a climate emergency, pushing the town to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as soon as “technically and economically feasible,” but no later than 2050. On Monday, Falmouth declared a similar emergency at its town meeting.

Liz Lerner

Massachusetts just experienced its hottest summer on record, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that looks at 126 years of historical data.

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Cars, trucks, buses and other forms of transportation produced 55 percent of the Cape region’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in recent years, according to the Cape Cod Commission.  

Dozens of climate activists held a demonstration on the Bourne Bridge on Friday, as a parade of cars drove by in Labor Day weekend traffic. 

Massachusetts National Guard

On a tree-lined street in south Sandwich, everything is quiet. Sprinklers, birds, and the occasional landscaping truck are all that make a noise. 

But when physician and retired Air Force colonel Jane Ward walks through the neighborhood, she hears the quiet before the storm.

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Nine hundred dolphins, 60 sharks, and one Chilean Devil Ray. Those are among the marine animals scientists spotted during a single aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument earlier this month. 

Liz Lerner

Trees absorb 30 percent of the carbon humans pump into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, making forests key players in the fight against climate change. 

A 2.5 foot storm surge brought modest coastal flooding at high tide in Woods Hole as Hurricane Sandy approached the Jersey Shore Monday morning.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

A team of Florida college students is developing a plan to protect Nantucket’s historic district from sea level rise, storm surge, and tidal flooding. 

Liz Lerner

This story has been updated to reflect changes announced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

Significant drought conditions have been declared across Massachusetts after a long stretch of warm weather and below-average rainfall.

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More than 300 acres of land on Cuttyhunk Island, nearly half its total acreage, will be protected against future development and preserved as publicly accessible conservation land. 

After two years of land-buying, the town of Gosnold and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have finished acquiring almost all the undeveloped land on the island north of Martha’s Vineyard, much of which had been placed on the market for potential development. 

Eve Zuckoff

The Cape Cod Commission will spend the next six months developing a multi-part proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the region. 

The commission committed to reviewing the issue on Thursday as an alternative to voting on 10 climate action goals environmental activists proposed to the 2018 Regional Policy Plan (RPP).

Eve Zuckoff

On a hot summer Friday, a Toyota RAV4 rolls into the parking lot of Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis. It’s there for an outdoor festival with live music, cornhole, and, of course, beer.

Trailing just behind the car is a bright green shed. The driver parks it right in front of the beer garden.   

A 2.5 foot storm surge brought modest coastal flooding at high tide in Woods Hole as Hurricane Sandy approached the Jersey Shore Monday morning.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

By 2050, communities on the Cape and Islands could see 35 to 135 days a year of coastal flooding as a result of climate change, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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In the next decade, thousands of zero-emission trucks and buses could fill the roads. 

 

On Tuesday, Massachusetts joined 14 other states in a commitment to accelerate the market for larger electric vehicles, so that by 2050 all new long-haul, pickup, delivery, and box trucks are powered by electricity. School and transit buses are also expected to be zero-emission vehicles. 

Gerald Beetham; Association to Preserve Cape Cod

In five ponds across the Cape, high concentrations of blue-green algae blooms are raising concerns about dangerous levels of toxins they produce.

Flood Factor

In Falmouth, Dennis, Harwich, and Wareham, thousands more homes than previously thought could be at risk of flooding by mid-century, according to a new online tool that helps people examine flood risks in their communities. 

 

Buzzards Bay Coalition

Overdevelopment, climate change, and outdated wastewater infrastructure around Buzzards Bay have contributed to a decline in water quality, according to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. 

Tired runners cool off during a training session for Sunday's 47th Falmouth Road Race. As temperatures and humidty rise as a result of climate change, managing the heat is increasingly part of training.
Eve Zuckoff

The increase in global temperatures is forcing scientists and policymakers to grapple with how best to protect the most poor, elderly, and vulnerable among us. 

Solar panels on the Boothbay Department of Public Works building.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

 Nearly 19,000 workers in the renewable energy industry in Massachusetts have lost their jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic started. But solar industry workers on the Cape have largely been able to keep their jobs. On WCAI, Morning Edition host Kathryn Eident and climate change reporter Eve Zuckoff discussed the reasons why. 

 

Eve Zuckoff

In a first-of-its-kind project, the four outer Cape towns are developing a joint coastal management plan. 

 

The work in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown could result in cost savings, larger beach nourishment projects, and more protected and resilient coastal infrastructure, according to project managers. 

Eve Zuckoff

Cape Cod Commission members are split over whether to add new climate change mitigation goals to the 2018 Regional Policy Plan. 

On Thursday, more than 50 people attended a virtual hearing where commissioners considered amendments that would promote solar power, electric cars, and increase natural carbon sequestration through actions like tree planting to reduce the region's carbon footprint. 

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season may be extremely busy, producing six to ten hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher.

 

The forecast, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, is one of several recent reports that call for as many as 13 to 19 named storms with 60 percent confidence.

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