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Eve Zuckoff

Northeast Fisheries Science Center

North Atlantic right whales have joined a growing list of animals on the brink of extinction. 

On Thursday, they were officially classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and added to the "Red List." 

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.

tedeytan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

The first time Joe Lima came to Provincetown years ago, he felt as though he’d arrived in another world.

“You don’t even feel like you’re still on the Cape,” he said. “You almost don’t feel like you’re on this planet.” 

Alecia Orsini

The fourth of July brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region.  But this year, officials on the Cape Cod Re-Opening Task Force are urging people to have their fun and be careful.

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. 

 

Eve Zuckoff

Boron, Sodium, Arsenic and four other rescued sea turtles named for elements on the periodic table were finally healthy enough to be released back into the wild on Wednesday. 

Eve Zuckoff

More than 100 people wearing kippahs, crosses, and face masks gathered on the Hyannis Village Green on Monday for a multi-faith memorial service in honor of George Floyd.

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Overdevelopment, climate change, and outdated wastewater infrastructure around Buzzards Bay have contributed to a decline in water quality, according to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. 

Dead North Atlantic Right whale off the coast of Long Island, New York in Sept. 2019.
NY Department of Environmental Conservation

A dead North Atlantic right whale was spotted floating off the coast of Elberon, New Jersey, on Thursday, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. This is the first right whale found dead in U.S. waters in 2020. 

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. 

Alecia Orsini

The Trump administration is restricting work visas for temporary foreign workers until at least January.

 

Officials say the ban on J-1 and H-2B visas is part of an effort to create more job opportunities for Americans reeling from the coronavirus and the related economic upheaval. 

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. 

 

J. Junker

More than 8,500 early education centers across the state can officially welcome back tots and toddlers, under the state’s Phase Two of re-opening.

 

But more than 35,000 signatures have been added to an online petition criticizing the new health and safety guidelines required for re-opening. The petition calling for revisions was started by Falmouth mom Nicole DeiCicchi. 

Eve Zuckoff

Instead of conducting experiments or analyzing data on Wednesday, scientists staged national protests.

 

In Woods Hole, more than 300 people—including engineers, chemists, and microbiologists—marched to support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn institutional racism in academia and science. 

Eve Zuckoff

Hundreds of people gathered in Hyannis on Sunday to demand racial justice and equal treatment of black people by police.

After marching from the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center, protestors sank to their knees and spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence on the Hyannis Village Green to honor George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for that amount of time. 

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. 

Hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered Wednesday on the Mashpee rotary to demand an end to police violence against black people and other racial minorities. 

Town of Nantucket

Nantucket’s ban of single-use plastics is officially underway.

"Single-use, petroleum-based plastic products" like plastic straws, drinking cups and lids, and non-recyclable coffee pods can no longer be commercially sold or distributed on the island. The flexible material used to bind cans and bottles in a six-pack is also banned.

Eve Zuckoff

In a minivan packed past the point of seeing out the rear window, Dottie and Bob Engler waited in Woods Hole to drive onto a ferry destined for Martha’s Vineyard.

Eve Zuckoff

Protests over police killings of black men and women have spread throughout the region.  

 

Hundreds of demonstrators in Falmouth, Hyannis, and Provincetown participated in peaceful events over the weekend. Protestors gathered in New Bedford as well. A demonstration was planned on Nantucket for Monday evening.

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. 

Lourdes Abreu Torres

For Alex Davies, a 23-year-old from New Jersey, working for AmeriCorps Cape Cod has given her a sense of purpose. 

“We’re here helping out the community,” she said. “We're the people that go out and help with trail maintenance. We clean up stuff. We cut down the trees. … We help when there’s an emergency on the Cape with taking calls and whatnot.”

weather.gov

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.

Eve Zuckoff

Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, voters from Falmouth to Kingston took part in a special election Tuesday to fill an open state Senate seat. 

Mary Keleher

Every morning from April to August, Mary Keleher puts her hair up in a ponytail and heads out to a Mashpee golf course, where she uses a rope-and-pulley system to lower white plastic gourds from trees. Inside each gourd is a nesting pair of birds.

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