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Courtesy of the US Census Bureau

The 2020 census will begin its count this April, but on the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands, efforts are already underway to address hard-to-count populations. At stake are tens-of-millions of dollars in federal funding for Massachusetts.

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. 

AntarcticIceMarathon.com

Running a marathon is not easy. You have to be physically and mentally ready, and flexible with the things you can't control, like the weather. Now imagine doing all that in one of the coldest places on earth. 

Eve Zuckoff

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). 

Eve Zuckoff

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.

Sam Houghton/WCAI

Crippling cyber attacks on major cities have made recent headlines, but smaller towns, like those across the Cape and Islands, are not immune.

Reporter's Notebook

Jan 13, 2020

For our Reporter’s Notebook, WCAI reporters Sarah Mizes-Tan and Eve Zukoff join host Steve Junker to talk about covering the region and some of their most recent stories: from the rise in English Language Learners to the Cape’s readiness for Electric Vehicles, and more. 

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

What does a pile of construction rubble have to do with fish? When old concrete gets put on the ocean floor, it goes from trash to habitat. Workers did just that to an artificial reef two miles off the coast of Yarmouth last week; they dumped pieces of granite and concrete to expand a reef that was built in the 1970s. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)about how his office manages artificial reefs like this one.  

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.
Eve Zuckoff

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.

Eve Zuckoff

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.
Eve Zuckoff

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.
NOAA Photo Library / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

In the past year, Barnstable High School has seen a dramatic increase in its population of students coming from Brazil. Today, in the hallways between classes, visitors are almost as likely to hear Portuguese being spoken as English.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

Provincetown is poised to become the first town on Cape Cod to have a retail marijuana store. On Thursday, the company Curaleaf, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, announced it had received final approval for a storefront on Commercial Street. Massachusetts began permitting marijuana retail stores in November 2018, but Cape towns have been slow to adopt the legislation. Many towns have either deferred approval or voted to ban retail stores entirely.  This means in many ways Provincetown's store will serve as an example for others.

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