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The latest round of UN climate talks wrapped up last week, with delegates agreeing to parameters for the agreement hashed out in Paris in 2015, but disagreeing on how to handle new information released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

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A new demographic report shows that the number of children on Cape Cod has been declining since 2010, as the population shifts to one that’s more elderly, childless, and seasonal. School officials are already seeing these effects, particularly on the Outer Cape, where enrollment numbers are slipping. 

A 2017 study found that civics education in American schools has been stagnant since the 1990s. That same study also found that fewer Americans are participating in unions, churches and political parties. 

East coast residents are seeing rats in new places. On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, rats have moved from dumpster denizens to household pests.

For people like Mike Travers, an exterminator with EcoGeek pest control, this means that business is booming. While no one's counting the rats up and down the east coast, Travers says he's seen a definite uptick in the Cape's population over the past five years. These days, he says his company goes out multiple times a day to address rat problems at peoples' homes.

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) wrapped up a two-day bidding process for three  parcels of ocean to be developed for offshore wind farms, the highest grossing offshore wind auction to date.

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Some local food pantries and nonprofits have been reporting an increase in need this year, especially from families with young kids. High housing and utility costs are just a few of the reasons some young families struggle.

Beacon Hill is preparing for a new legislative session in January. There is still work that could get done, though, before the New Year if Democrats decide a few issues have waited long enough. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Researchers at UMass Amherst are conducting a multi-year, multi-site study on tick biology and behavior. This year, Barnstable County joined  the study, providing samples from deer that hunters brought to check-in stations on the Upper and Outer Cape. 

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare celebrated its 20th anniversary on Cape Cod with a dolphin rescue in Wellfleet. On a blustery November day, team members responded to a call reporting a stranded pod of dolphins. 

It was the final week at the State House for some lawmakers, as those who chose not to run again, and those who lost their re-election bids, said goodbye to their colleagues on Beacon Hill. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about some of the now-vacant committee seats, and they take a look at changes for the state's Congressional delegation.

What would draw dozens of bicyclists of all ages to a Falmouth farm on a recent chilly Sunday? It’s a type of bike racing called cyclocross. It’s a steeplechase race, sending bikers up hills and through mud puddles, with plenty of loud music and spectators cheering. 

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Researchers at UMass Dartmouth recently retrieved an underwater glider they deployed to capture data that would help scientists better understand hurricanes.

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The commercial bay scallop season opened on Nantucket at the beginning of November and will run through the end of March, but for bay scallopers, this year’s harvest is already looking to be pretty lean.

Out in Madaket harbor on the western-most edge of Nantucket, scalloper Blair Perkins is throwing out a test dredge, and scanning his catch for the iconic bivalve that seems to be getting scarcer and scarcer in a net full of shells, crabs and spanish moss. 

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A Boston-based nonprofit is working with Sandwich officials to build a new 30-unit affordable housing development off Quaker Meeting House Road. 

The Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development doesn't just build houses, though; the group also installs a suite of services to help the people who will live in the units. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Gabrielle Geller, Senior Development Manager at the Women's Institute, to learn more about what her organization is planning.  

There's only a few weeks of the informal session left, which is not much time for outgoing lawmakers to check off their to-do lists.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to find out more about that, and about Governor Charlie Baker's agenda now that he's been re-elected to his second term.

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