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Eve Zuckoff

Climate change activists are organizing protests all over the world, starting on Friday, and the Cape is getting involved. Here's what you need to know about climate action around the Cape region, including a schedule of events.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs

Youth climate activists are in Washington, D.C., to drum up support for their cause ahead of a global climate strike on Friday. 

On Wednesday they testified at a joint congressional hearing held by Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating.

In his opening statement, Keating described the challenges climate change is posing to the Cape, coast, and islands. 

The four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts co-signed a letter calling for immediate and wide-ranging action against climate change.

The leaders are urging parishioners, businesses, and schools to take what they call "meaningful steps to protect the environment” and “take better care of our common home” by curbing the impact of toxic pollution and climate change.

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Several hundred people attended the first ever Electric Car Show at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis on Saturday.

The event was designed to introduce potential electric-car owners to current owners and their vehicles.

Attendees were also encouraged to test drive dozens of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
 

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

The carcass of a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale was found off the coast of Long Island, New York on Tuesday, bringing the 2019 death toll to nine.

Announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it's the first documented carcass found in U.S. waters this year, with the remainder discovered in Canadian waters.

Sam Houghton / WCAI

Members of a Falmouth-based non-profit recently kicked off a project to renovate the interior and exterior of the historic Nobska Light in Woods Hole.

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On a recent morning, half a dozen volunteers headed out in search of newborn turtles at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet.   

Leading them on the three mile walk around the marsh and woodlands was Bob Prescott, Sanctuary director of 32 years.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Members of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission visited Plymouth on Wednesday to hear feedback about creating Citizens Advisory Panels around decommissioning nuclear power plants. Many attending the meeting used the chance to voice frustration and disappointment at the recent decision to allow decommissioning company Holtec to take over ownership of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Woods Hole Research Center/IPAM-Amazonia

Scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center and IPAM-Amazonia say the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by fires burning in the Amazon rainforest could hasten the effects of climate change. 

New estimates suggest the fires have produced as much as 140 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent to the annual emissions from about 30 million cars.  

 

Since Bruno Gallinelli bought his Surf Drive home two years ago, he says he’s invested over $2 million renovating the property.  As coastal erosion and flooding increasingly batter the area, the Town of Falmouth is developing resiliency plans to that coul
Eve Zuckoff

Heading east on Surf Drive in Falmouth, a postcard-ready vista unfolds: a mile-and-a-half-long stretch of sandy beach with narrow dunes, osprey nests, the Shining Sea Bike Path, and the landmark town bathhouse that’s survived every hurricane since 1930.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

 

Small newspapers are having a tough time now, with decreasing profits and staff layoffs across the country. But in Provincetown, a new weekly paper is looking to reverse this trend and rejuvenate local coverage on the Outer Cape.

School officials, parents, and Tisbury selectmen wrestled last night with the fallout over what to do with students after lead paint was found in the Tisbury School.

The Tisbury School Committee and selectmen held a joint meeting Tuesday night to update the community on the path moving forward and what to do with some nearly 300 potentially displaced students.

Superintendent of schools Matthew D’Andrea, speaking after the meeting, said it was a successful meeting in that it was well attended and parents could voice their concerns for the project moving forward.

Santuit Pond in Mashpee, taken August 21. The pond is experiencing significant impacts from a blue-green algae bloom that can pose serious public health risks.
Charles Culbertson

Many of us like to swim in any one of the thousand-odd ponds on the Cape. But around the country, blue-green algae blooms have overtaken many of these waterbodies and exposure to the blooms can cause health problems in humans and pets that range from headaches, fevers, organ damage, even death. So how big is this problem on the Cape right now? 

The North Atlantic right whale population has a chance at recovery if entanglement & ship strikes can be avoided.
NOAA Photo Library / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The effort to protect endangered whales is taking federal officials on a listening tour from Maine, to Rhode Island, and Wednesday night, to Bourne, where nearly 200 people gathered in a high school cafeteria.

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

 

“March, march, march, march!”

 

On a hot August night in Falmouth, fitness coach Anne Curi Preisig leads a group of women through a workout in her backyard. 

Even after 7 p.m., it’s still 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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