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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." 

Liz Lerner

Newly available data show that Black people on Cape Cod have contracted COVID-19 at a rate three times that of the white population.

Vaira Harik of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services said the disproportional effect on Black residents is concerning — and reflects broader disparities in five social determinants of health: economic stability, education, access to health care, a person’s residential environment, and the community context.

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State and federal officials have signed a memorandum of understanding to give Massachusetts, instead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lead role in designing and building the new Bourne and Sagamore bridges.

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.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to transfer ownership of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to the state of Massachusetts as part of the plan to replace both bridges.

Sam Houghton

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a non-profit research organization out of Chatham, announced a number of new initiatives this week aimed at better understanding sharks that visit every summer.

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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.” 

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. 

wikipedia / Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee

School officials in Sandwich and in Barnstable will meet with graduates in the coming days to discuss how to better include Black and Indigenous history and discussions on race and racism into school curricula. The meetings stem from two separate letters written and signed by more than 15-hundred  alumni from both districts asking for these changes. 

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. 

Liz Lerner

School districts have their work cut out for them with state guidelines released Thursday on the reopening of schools.

The state guidance asks superintendents to plan for three scenarios: everyone back in school, everyone learning remotely, and a hybrid of the two.

Barnstable school Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown said that at Barnstable High School, bringing 1,800 students back in the building could be too much.

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. 

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A series of five virtual meetings will give the public a chance to comment on the federal government’s latest evaluation of Vineyard Wind. The meetings start Friday, June 26.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host the meetings live online over the next two weeks. They will address the Trump administration’s expanded review of Vineyard Wind 1 in the context of other offshore wind projects.

The administration considered new fishing data and alternative transit lanes.

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. 

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in Chatham has brought someone new aboard — and she’s 18 feet long.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

Two beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore will not have lifeguard protection this summer, and money isn’t the issue.

White supremacist flyers have been discovered in a Falmouth man’s mailbox and along Yarmouth roads.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

Activists who oppose Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson held a rolling protest through the streets of New Bedford and Dartmouth on Thursday.

More than 30 cars decorated with signs demanding that Hodgson resign and alleging that he sympathizes with white supremacy drove past the jails he operates.

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This Friday is Juneteenth, a holiday that marks the date in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, a movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday is gaining local support. 

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. 

 

Umass Dartmouth

The dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth is stepping down at the end of the month.

Eve Zuckoff

Members of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force say that increasing traffic and hotel reservations show the Cape is slowly getting back to its traditional summer activities.

Traffic coming over the Bourne and Sagamore bridges still lags behind a normal year, but it has edged closer to that mark in the last several weeks.

Sandwich Police Department

Police departments around the region have not been quiet about police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death. 

Sandwich police condemned the actions of the officers who were involved, calling the incident "horrible" on Facebook. The post also says Sandwich officers undergo bias and de-escalation training.

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