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The family of a man convicted in 2005 of murdering his friend wants a new trial. New witnesses have since come forward, and an Innocence Project is looking into the case. The Mashpee Enterprise did an in-depth story on the case, and WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with  Enterprise reporter Jessica Hill about what she learned.

Eve Zuckoff

Falmouth is reimagining the future of Surf Drive, one of its most iconic coastal roads. On Thursday night, the town asked more than 60 residents for feedback on how they’d like to see the area adapted to meet the impacts of climate change.

Nantucket Data Platform

Most of us probably know about how much money we make each year. But, do you know exactly how much it actually costs for you to get through each day? Can you easily tally up your housing, transportation, food and even childcare costs? Researchers with the Nantucket Data Platform set out to answer that question for Nantucket residents, with some interesting, if not exactly surprising, results.

Study Finds Contaminated Air Around New Bedford Harbor

Dec 2, 2019
Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

A study by Boston University's School of Public Health has found evidence of air contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls, also known as PCBs, in a .4 mile radius around New Bedford Harbor.

Coastal flooding and erosion are expected to become more frequent and severe as the climate warms.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

“Bleak”– that’s how a new report from the United Nations describes the world’s efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The annual Emissions Gap Report, released Tuesday, finds countries around the world, including the U.S, have “collectively failed” to reduce the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in the past year. In fact, global emissions of methane, carbon dioxide, and others have risen steadily for the past decade.

John Basile / WCAI radio

On a sunny autumn day, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent Robert Sanborn took a small group of visitors on a tour of the new Cape Tech in Harwich.

Eve Zuckoff

The 10th Annual Native American Thanks Giving celebration brought more than 100 people to sing, pray, and feast on a traditional harvest in Mashpee on Saturday.

The group began the day at the Old Indian Meeting House, where prayers and traditions were observed, before moving to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government building, where the food was served.

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

A group of international scientists are evaluating a new software tool that could help reduce the number of North Atlantic Right Whales dying from entanglement in rope and fishing gear. The tool weighs the relative risk of entanglement at different times of year, and in different places, against mitigation efforts.  

Courtesy Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo recently announced its newest resident. Her name is Sandy and she's the New Bedford zoo's first female, two-toed sloth.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

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.

Mass.gov

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.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

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.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

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? 

Jack McCoy

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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