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Eve Zuckoff

Eve Zuckoff

Nearly 200 people streamed into a public forum Tuesday night at Falmouth Public High School, where town officials explained their decision to shut down the West Falmouth fire station and offered a window into the future of fire protection for the town. 

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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.

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At the Cape’s first-ever electric car show this fall, hundreds of people gathered to test drive electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

“Got four wheels, that's a good start,” said Mark Borgmann, a musician from Dennis who came to test-drive the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

Coastal flooding and erosion are expected to become more frequent and severe as the climate warms.
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“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.

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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.  

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.

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