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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?

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.

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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.”

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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). 

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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.

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.
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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.

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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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.  

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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.

Polarstern arrived at MOSAiC ice floe, October 5, 2019.
Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Sebastian Grote (CC-BY 4.0)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual Arctic report card last week, with data tracking seven vital signs of Arctic health, including air and water temperatures, sea ice and tundra greenness. The conclusion: “Arctic ecosystems and communities are increasingly at risk due to continued warming and declining sea ice.”

A march outside the climate conference in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 6, 2019.
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This year’s United Nations conference on climate change is underway in Madrid, Spain, with about 25,000 people from 200 countries attending.

The mood is one of urgency, according to participants.

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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.

A crater discovered in Siberia in July, 2014 - and several found subsequently - have been attributed to methane released when permafrost thaws.
Press Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Governor

In July of 2014, images of an enormous crater in the Siberian tundra captivated scientists and the public, alike. Others were soon found, and a cause proposed: climate change. Specifically, the finger was pointed at an underground build-up of methane released as permafrost thaws. But this was not a climate change impact that anyone had anticipated.

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