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Environmentalists with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod are asking the Massachusetts Army National Guard to release hundreds of public comments on a proposal to build a machine gun range on Joint Base Cape Cod. 


The Cape Cod Commission is making the fight against climate change a top priority by amending its overarching policy plan to include climate mitigation goals. 

Forest land on Martha's Vineyard is perforated by houses.
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Plants absorb one-third of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, but if temperatures keep rising in the next 20 years, plants could become 50 percent less effective at absorbing carbon, according to a new study co-authored by a Woods Hole scientist. 

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Cape and Islands environmentalists and climate activists are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to veto a wide-ranging climate change bill. 

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Time is ticking toward a deadline for Governor Charlie Baker to sign a broad ranging climate bill that's now sitting on his desk. CAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with CAI's climate change environment reporter, Eve Zuckoff about what's in the bill and how it could affect all of us here in Massachusetts.

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New Bedford has just joined a small number of Massachusetts municipalities to develop its own city-wide climate action plan. 

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Governor Charlie Baker has ten days to approve a landmark climate change bill. 

 

Today, just before the end of the legislative session, the Legislature passed the bill which lays out how the state can reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

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The Cape Cod Commission is recruiting for a network of teenage activists who want to be involved in climate solutions. 

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Local oyster growers are getting a boost after months of restaurant closures have “torpedoed” the industry, according to one grower. 

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The number of cold-stunned turtles rescued this year from Cape Cod beaches has already reached an all-time high. 

 

More than 720 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley and threatened loggerhead turtles have received care at the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy and the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay since early last month. 

Another North Atlantic right whale calf has been spotted off the coast of South Carolina — the fourth one born this season, according to scientists from the New England Aquarium. 

 

Sadly, the first calf of the season was found dead shortly after birth, a tragedy for the critically endangered species with population numbers hovering below 360.

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Massachusetts Army National Guard officials insisted that they carefully studied the potential impacts of a proposed machine gun range on Joint Base Cape Cod, and assured members of the Bourne Board of Selectmen this week that they fully considered environmental impacts.

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The towns of Barnstable and Mashpee, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection, knowingly allowed nitrogen pollution from septic systems to degrade water quality across the Cape, according to a new report by the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation.

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The state is asking for public feedback on new rules to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear. 

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Scientists around the country are celebrating and speaking out for “Black in Marine Science Week.” 

The week features online panel discussions on career growth, celebrates natural hair as a professional look, and focuses on increasing the visibility of Black marine scientists across social media.

“Having an event like this where we all get together has been a revelation,” said Gwyneth Packard, a senior engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  

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How did insects get their wings? 

After 100 years of debate, that is the mystery just solved by biologists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. 

Until now, many scientists believed that insect wings were ”novel” structures that sprang up with no corresponding structure in the ancestor.

But postdoctoral researcher Heather Bruce and MBL Director Nipam Patel helped debunk that theory using gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. It had been known for years that insects share an ancestor with crustaceans. 

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If you’re breaking out your Christmas lights early this year, you may find that some have lost their twinkle. That’s why Barnstable County is launching its annual holiday light recycling program in all 15 Cape towns. 

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Students were dismissed from Falmouth High School on Monday after a member of the community tested positive for COVID-19. All learning will be remote until Friday. 

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Every week, more than a dozen student activists from around Massachusetts call into a Zoom meeting. Behind them are glimpses into their lives – superhero posters and hot pink bedroom walls.

“OK. So do we want to start off today's meeting with an agenda?” asked Nico Gentile, the 17-year-old climate organizer running today's meeting.

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Nearly 1,800 marine mammals and sea turtles swallowed or became entangled in plastic in U.S. waters in the last decade, according to a new report by the nonprofit conservation group Oceana.


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Wearing tall rubber boots, a scientist walked along an overgrown path to the Little Bay salt marsh in Fairhaven.

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In recent years the United States produced more plastic waste than any country in the world, according to new research led by a Woods Hole scientist. 

 

The research, published in the journal Science Advances, shows the United States generated 42 million metric tons of plastic waste in 2016. 

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 The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has released its second annual State of the Waters report this week, and found an increase from last year in the percentage of saltwater embayments and ponds with unacceptable water quality. 

Gerald Beetham; Association to Preserve Cape Cod

 

1. What does a cyanobacteria bloom look like? 

Often, cyanobacteria blooms can look like bright green paint on the water’s surface. They’re also described as looking like pea soup, but colors can range from blue, to brown, to red, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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 As CAI reported this week, algal blooms in local ponds can be dangerous to humans and animals. They are also a sign of a bigger problem; pollution from human sources like septic systems and more recently, the effects of climate change.  CAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Climate and Environment reporter Eve Zuckoff about some of the key things she learned in reporting about cyanobacteria blooms and how to tackle the problem.  

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