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Five offshore wind companies, all with leases to build wind farms off the New England coast in the next ten years, have agreed on a uniform turbine layout. But fishing industry representatives say the turbines will be too closely spaced for safety.

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Towns across Massachusetts are losing out on tens of thousands of dollars in revenue from outstanding fines each year.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give towns more authority when collecting fines from non-criminal offenses. The bill would prevent residents from renewing driver's licenses and other RMV permits until outstanding municipal fines are paid.

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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Cape Cod’s shellfish farmers face many challenges, and one of the biggest is dealing with harmful algal blooms, which can damage shellfish and be poisonous for humans to ingest. But a new project at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is looking at a way to better manage this with the help of a tiny camera.

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With a second offshore wind farm now on the way, Massachusetts is primed to have enough wind energy in the next decade to power about 800,000 homes. But some people might be wondering, what will more renewable energy sources mean for power in the state? How will our lights still turn on when the wind isn’t blowing, and the sun isn’t shining? 

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More than 100 students from 10 schools gathered at the Cape and Islands Youth Climate Action Summit in Harwich on Wednesday.

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Many convenience store owners across Massachusetts are protesting a potential statewide ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes. On Cape Cod, the ban could have a significant impact on immigrant-run small businesses.

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A play exploring the life and work of fishermen opens this week at Cape Cod Community College. The cast features both student and community actors, along with some special guests—local shellfishermen. The play itself was was written using interviews with fishermen from around the region. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Vana Trudeau, Coordinator at the school's Tilden Arts Center, about "Boundless."

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A giant wind turbine blade—one that could power the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine—arrived for structural testing at Boston's Wind Technology Testing Center. The blade, manufactured by General Electric, is part of a 12-megawatt turbine protoype that the company plans to roll out commercially in 2021.

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A new paper endorsed by 11,258 scientists and researchers from 153 countries describes climate change as a “climate emergency.” Published in the journal BioScience, it warns of "untold human suffering" if individuals, governments, and businesses don’t make deep and lasting changes.

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Mashpee has elected its first Wampanoag selectboard member in over ten years. David Weeden, who also serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag’s historic preservation officer, was elected in October, and many people hope his election will mark a turning point in what’s been a sometimes difficult relationship between the town and the tribe.

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Massachusetts utilities have selected Mayflower Wind to build what the state hopes will be the second offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard. The company won the state's most recent procurement for an 800 megawatt farm, and the state says it has proposed the cheapest offshore wind rate yet. 

Eve Zuckoff

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges. The proposed plan has received widespread support, but it leaves out any consideration to offset increased traffic with a commitment to public transportation. 

Eve Zuckoff

Faith leaders on Cape Cod are stepping into a new role. Over the weekend, the Faith Communities Environmental Network invited hundreds of people into a conversation about morality, spirituality, and climate change.

Sophie Abrams

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection released a draft version of a new 10-year waste reduction goal earlier this month. It looks to reduce 30 percent of the state's trash by 2030, which would be 1.7 million tons less garbage every year.

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