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The GroundTruth Project and WCAI are collaborating to support two environmental reporting fellowships for six months, based out of WCAI in Woods Hole. The stories explore environmental issues critical to the region, with an emphasis on how individuals and communities are coping with the realities of climate change.

Pien Huang/WCAI

Aquaculture is on the rise in Massachusetts.  For many entering the business, shellfish farming seems like a more secure option than the marine fisheries.  But climate change looms as a long-term threat over the industry. 

Chef Scott Robertson: Try Jonah Crab at Home

Nov 14, 2018
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As executive chef at Fisherman’s View Restaurant, Scott Robertson is a pioneer in the growing field of Jonah crab cuisine.

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The lobster industry in southern New England has been on the decline for decades. As waters warm, some lobster fishermen are adapting by switching their catch to Jonah crab, a crustacean once considered a trash species.

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New England’s fishermen are feeling the effects of climate change in fundamental ways, as fish populations respond to changes in the ocean environment. For scientists trying to understand this dynamic system, one big challenge is getting enough data. To address that problem, a number of scientific projects are building on an unlikely collaboration, enlisting data collection from the men and women who are out on the water most.

Samantha Fields

In high school in Massachusetts, climate change mostly appears in earth science or environmental science, if and when those courses are offered. But some teachers are finding ways to take the subject far beyond science class. 

Samantha Fields

The words “climate change” first appear in the state science standards in Massachusetts in high school, but the concepts first appear, in a real way, in middle school, in seventh and eighth grade science, which are all about systems and cycles, cause and effect. In fact, teachers say that middle school is often where students spend the most time learning about climate change. 

In Many Schools, 'Climate Change Is Playing Catch-Up'

Oct 23, 2018
Samantha Fields

If the world doesn’t make “rapid” and “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” a UN report warned this month, the effects of climate change will be dramatic and far-reaching – and not in some distant future, in the next 20 years. Even now, though, in most schools, climate change is still just starting to make its way into classrooms, and many teachers don’t have the training or the resources they need to teach it.

As Sea Level Rises, Home Values Are Dropping

Aug 27, 2018
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A forthcoming paper in the Journal of Financial Economics finds that homes in the way of future sea level rise are selling for less now.

The Hurricane-Resistant Home

Aug 9, 2018
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What is a hurricane-proof house?

John Bologna, a structural engineer in Orleans, says it’s a concrete bunker with bulletproof windows, stocked with emergency pumps, backup batteris, and a 10-week supply of food.

Hurricane Bob Was 'Not Much of a Test'

Aug 6, 2018
Courtesy Jeff Donnelly, WHOI

It’s been 27 years since a hurricane last hit Cape Cod.

And though that storm, Hurricane Bob, caused a substantial amount of damage, it was “not much of a test, because it was only a fairly minor category 2 storm,” said Jeff Donnelly, who studies hurricanes at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Samantha Fields

Visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore this summer will likely notice changes at some of the beaches. At Nauset Light in Eastham, there is now a long path down to the beach, instead of a staircase. And at Marconi in Wellfleet, there’s a brand new staircase for the second year in a row.

Both beaches seem to be hotspots for erosion right now. And the Seashore is trying to adapt. 

Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits MBL, Woods Hole

Jul 9, 2018
Samantha Fields

Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Woods Hole on Monday, and met with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He also announced that his foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, will be supporting research at MBL for the first time. 

Climate Change Is Making Allergies Worse

Jul 5, 2018
Pien Huang/WCAI

If you think your seasonal allergies are getting worse, could be you’re not imagining things. Changes in temperature, rainfall, and greenhouse gases are making the pollen season stronger and longer.

 

Thunderstorms Could Cause More Asthma Attacks

Jul 5, 2018
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Allergy season is expected to get worse in the Northeast with climate change. More heat, rain, and CO2 is causing plants to produce more pollen. Now you can add severe weather—and thunderstorms in particular—to the mix of bad news for allergy-sufferers.

Flood Insurance Is Flawed, but Needed

Jun 29, 2018
FEMA/National Flood Insurance Program

 

On the Cape and Islands, the flood insurance business is booming. Bryan Braley is the flood insurance specialist at the Arthur D. Calfee Insurance Agency in Falmouth. He says that, while off-Cape agents in coastal areas like Hull, MA, average one or two flood insurance quotes a month, he’s putting together two a day.

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