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A solar battle in sleepy Wareham is pitting environmentalists against each other

By Emma Foehringer Merchant Photo: Aram Bogoshian , Boston Globe

On a March afternoon last year, Meg Sheehan, a 65-year-old environmental lawyer, left her parents’ house in Duxbury, pointed their black Chevy Tahoe south, and navigated to a country road running through Wareham and Carver, two small towns in the heart of Southeastern Massachusetts cranberry country. She would take her parents for dinner later — oysters — but first, she had plans.


As Earth’s temperature rises, Massachusetts residents’ sense of urgency on climate change declines

By Sabrina Shankman and Dharna Noor Photo: Jsirlin , Adobe Stock

Despite increasingly urgent international warnings and an onslaught of catastrophic wildfires and weather linked to global warming, fewer Massachusetts residents see the climate crisis as a very serious concern than they did three years ago, according to a new poll.


How Massachusetts feels about climate change in 12 graphics

By John Hancock and Dharna Noor Photo: John Tlumacki

The percentage of Massachusetts residents who believe climate change is a very serious concern has decreased since 2019.
That’s just one finding from a new poll, a collaboration of The Boston Globe and the MassINC Polling Group.


Massachusetts needs at least 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. We are nowhere close.

By Sabrina Shankman and Taylor Dolven Photo: Ryan Huddle , Globe Staff

Back in 2014, state officials calculated the number of gas-burning cars they would need to get off the roads and replace with cleaner, greener options to meet climate goals.


Boston to replace school buses with electric ones by 2030

By Mark Pratt Photo: Charles Krupa , AP Photo

Boston plans to replace its entire fleet of more than 700 school buses with electric vehicles by 2030, starting with 20 buses that will be taking kids to school some time during the next school year, Mayor Michelle Wu said Wednesday.


Exxon cannot argue political motives as defense in climate suit – Mass. judge

By Nate Raymond Photo: Lee Celano , Reuters

A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday barred Exxon Mobil Corp from arguing improper, political motives were behind the state’s attorney general suing the oil company for allegedly misleading consumers and investors about its role in climate change.


New noaa climate projections forecast increase in southern new england flooding

By Frank Carini

The climate crisis has taken root. The United Nations’ latest climate report explains how deep this worldwide problem is embedded.
Closer to home, another report published last month is equally alarming, for the present and future of southern New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report warns that the United States will see as much sea-level rise, about a foot, in the next three decades as it did during the entire previous century.


Republicans threaten EPA authority via SCOTUS while UN warns against inaction

By Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)

U.N. report finds nations not acting fast enough to protect populations from current and future climate threats, as the Supreme Court takes up case that threatens the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution


The Old Man and the Tree

By Jonny Diamond Photo: David Degner

I meet Bob Leverett in a small gravel parking lot at the end of a quiet residential road in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. We are at the Ice Glen trailhead, half a mile from a Mobil station, and Leverett, along with his wife, Monica Jakuc Leverett, is going to show me one of New England’s rare pockets of old-growth forest.


Mass Audubon gets $200,000 in ARPA money to help repair damage to Pleasant Valley after microburst windstorm

By Clarence Fanto

After a devastating microburst windstorm in July, ongoing restoration at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary has received a $200,000 boost from ARPA, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in March.